Beyond Capitalism to a Sustainable World
The ecological crisis is spinning out of control. Without rapid and fundamental change the planet will soon be a torture chamber of fires, floods, and tornadoes. Within decades the living world itself could be imperilled.
The root cause of this crisis is the irrational, expansionary nature of capitalism. Whatever one may think of the system’s past performance, it is now clearly ecocidal and must be historically superseded. In response, this website presents the theoretical foundation for contractionism, a non-socialist movement that aims to place the world’s bloated economies under rational guidance and salvage what remains of the biosphere.
Contractionism recognizes that the powerful will fiercely resist this historical shift, and that resolving the crisis is therefore a revolutionary task. This conclusion cannot be evaded by pointing to the social turmoil it entails. Extreme social disruption is now inevitable as people flee environmental degradation and disasters. The only choice left is between the revolutionary turmoil that could resolve the crisis and the non-revolutionary turmoil that will accompany collapse.
The move to contractionary economies will require support across the political spectrum. This implies the formation of unprecedented alliances between progressives and conservatives based on their shared ecological interests. These shared interests are glaringly obvious: social justice and business are both impossible on a dead planet.
Contractionism is especially critical for the young, who have the most to lose from an uninhabitable world. If you are under 35 and thus part of the Millennials generation, you should understand that your parents will not tackle this momentous change, and that your children’s efforts will be too late. The stark truth is this: you are history’s chosen generation. Shifting humankind to a new ecological trajectory is up to you!
For a more comprehensive introduction, click on the “Books” tab above and read chapter six (“Summary”) of Contractionary Revolution. The remainder of this book provides the political and economic details on my proposed transition to a sustainable world. Under the “Articles” tab you will find written articles, podcasts, and videos which present my analysis of events and issues from a contractionary viewpoint.