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China’s Engine of Environmental Collapse

China’s Engine of Environmental Collapse

Richard Smith



(with free eBook)



Authoritarianism, capitalism and destruction: why China is leading the world to ecocide

As the world hurtles towards environmental oblivion, China is leading the charge. 'Cancer villages' have sprung from poisoned farmlands, unregulated chemical dumps have been exploding and water and food have been contaminated. With a poor record on industrial safety, China's plans to widely adopt nuclear power are terrifying the world.

Richard Smith looks into why this ecological apocalypse is so much worse than under 'normal' capitalism. Absurdly, Xi Jinping's police-state is incapable of suppressing pollution in its own industries. Since the Communist Party's rulers depend upon the state-owned economy for their wealth and power, they subvert their own market reforms, meaning China suffers the worst of both worlds - irrational Stalinist bureaucratic tendencies mixed with the blind growth of capitalist market demand.

Corruption is rife, there is no rule of law, and since cutting pollution means cutting jobs, more often than not Beijing allows industries to pollute to meet its growth targets. The only way to stop China's drive to collapse is to slam the brakes on its ceaseless overproduction and to revolutionise its economy on the basis of social need and sustainability instead of profit.

Richard Smith has published articles on the Chinese revolution, China's transition to capitalism, and China's environment for Against the Current, New Left Review, Monthly Review and the Ecologist. He is the author of Green Capitalism: The God that Failed (College Publications. 2016), and is a founding member of the US-based group System Change Not Climate Change.

A work of real insight. In <em>China&rsquo;s Engine of Environmental Collapse</em>ard Smith penetrates the defences of a fiercely autocratic regime to reveal how China&rsquo;s predatory development strategy is imperilling not just itself but our entire planet. - William Laurance, Distinguished Research Professor, Centre for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Science, James Cook University, Australia and Singapore

1. The 'China Price': Police-State Capitalism and the Great Acceleration of Global Consumption
2. 'Blind Growth': Scenes of Planetary Destruction From the 12th Five-Year Plan
3. The Damage Done: The Poisoning of China's Water, Soil and Food
4. Airpocalypse Now: Cooking the Planet for What End?
5. China's Engine of Environmental Collapse
6. Guanxi and the Game of Thrones
7. Grabbing the Emergency Break
8. The Next Chinese Revolution
Published by Pluto Press in Jul 2020
Paperback ISBN: 9780745341576
Hardcover ISBN: 9780745341552
eBook ISBN: 9781786806635

320 pages

150mm x 230mm