“Capitalism’s practices of cheap nature would define whose lives and whose work mattered—and whose did not. Its dominant ideas Nature and Society (in uppercase because of their mythic and bloody power) would determine whose work was valued and whose work—care for young and old, for the sick and those with special needs, agricultural work, and the work of extra-human natures (animals, soils, forests, fuels)—was rendered largely invisible. It achieved all this through the circulation of money, whose price, in turn, depended on global conquest and subjugation. Successive eras saw the control of food to sustain workers and of energy to make them more productive. Cheap things are thus not really things at all—but rather strategies adopted by capitalism to survive and manage crises, gambits made to appear as real and independent entities by the original sin of cheap nature”.
The Political Ecology Workgroup of the Zuid Holland 1 DSC of DiEM25 invites you to the second session of our reading group. In this session, we will be reading the first chapter - Cheap Nature - of "A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things".
This will be a hybrid session, so you can join us either online or in person. The offline venue will be in The Hague at the Grand Café Utopie and the online link can be requested by sending a message to email@example.com
See you there!
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Grand Café Utopie
Waldeck Pyrmontkade 116, 2518 JR Den Haag