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How Capitalism Broke the Planet--And How We Fight Back

Kate Aronoff


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This damning account of the forces that have hijacked progress on climate change shares a bold vision of what it will take, politically and economically, to face the existential threat of global warming head-on.

It has become impossible to deny that the planet is warming, and that governments must act. But a new denialism is taking root in the halls of power, shaped by decades of neoliberal policies and centuries of anti-democratic thinking. Since the 1980s, Democrats and Republicans have each granted enormous concessions to industries hell bent on maintaining business as usual. What’s worse, policymakers have given oil and gas executives a seat at the table designing policies that should euthanize their business model.

This approach, journalist Kate Aronoff makes clear, will only drive the planet further into emergency. Drawing on years of reporting, Aronoff lays out an alternative vision, detailing how democratic majorities can curb polluters’ power; create millions of well-paid, union jobs; enact climate reparations; and transform the economy into a more leisurely and sustainable one. Our future will require a radical reimagining of politics—with the world at stake.



Kate Aronoff:

Kate Aronoff is a staff writer at The New Republic, a fellow at Type Media Center, and a senior fellow at Data for Progress. A frequent contributor to The Intercept, her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Nation, Dissent, Rolling Stone, the Guardian, and Harpers, among other outlets. She was previously a writing fellow at In These Times and a contributing editor at Waging Nonviolence. Aronoff is the co-editor of We Own the Future: Democratic Socialism, American Style and the co-author of A Planet to Win: Why We Need a Green New Deal. She lives in Brooklyn.