From copper in Chile, gold in South Africa, to rare earth elements in China, extraction delimits world history and the current geopolitical landscape. Natural resources are not neutral; we must understand who extracts them, where do they flow, and for what reasons?
Category - Vol25-2 Bleeding Earth
Why do I keep talking about memories?
Summer falls, and I peel open the scab
I’ve chosen not to open until now.
Oil kills everything—the land, the mangrove,
the water bodies and the creek.
In the Anthropocene era, extractivism has become a core symptom of the planetary disease of late capitalism/imperialism, threatening humanity and the inhabitants of the earth in general.
Antibiotics are extracted from soil microorganisms, whose evolution for millions of years created the molecules that fueled modern medicine. But just like fossil capitalism, expropriation of nature creates an irreparable ecological rift.
Scarcity of safe water in many places around the world has been made worse by a worldwide wave of privatization: the overexploitation of aquifers, the sale of bottled water, industrial and agricultural pollution, large hydroelectric...
El agua es un recurso esencial para la vida. Sin embargo, surcamos desde hace años una ola privatizadora que acentúa las desigualdades en el acceso al agua. La sobreexplotación de los acuíferos, la venta de agua embotellada, la...
The extraction of financial assets in cryptocurrency requires physical space and tremendous amounts of energy. Its environmental impacts are recognized and resisted by local residents and scientists in Lake Seneca, New York.
The Andean Indigenous paradigm of Sumak Kawsay (Buen Vivir) inspires the People's Health Movement to subvert the growth-centric development models and promote health as a public good and a civil right.
A case study of Ecuador reveals the principal contradictions of extractive capitalism and claims of national and Indigenous sovereignty. The future of Ecuador's pink tide remains uncertain.
Matt Huber's new book misinterprets the reality and scale of the challenge for climate activism. Its academic prescriptions preclude discussion of multi-pronged tactics toward building mass movements in the twenty-first century.