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It's basically a revision of Marxism where you have to wait for environmental disaster and devastation before you can take any steps towards change. For this reason the book delves into abstract utopianism throughout when it comes to providing actual solutions for overthrowing capitalist anarchy. It also uses the word "reform" a lot when referring to what Marx wanted when he was clearly a revolutionary if you care to read the Communist Manifesto. The book criticizes Marx, Lenin and Mao for being overly deterministic and "certain" of a socialist order without touching on the concrete socioeconomic realities that were interlocked with their time. It focuses solely on and criticizes their "ideas" as leaders in an idealist way by doing this. Suggesting that "if only their ideas were correct socialism would've worked!". This is true in an abstract sense, but you can't promote this "organic" view of dialectics (which isn't even really new) but then criticize previous socialist governments solely by looking at their ideas without looking at their concrete histories and contexts. The critique needs to be concrete and real. It's intellectually dishonest and hypocritical to do this.
On another note the book attempts to turn Marx into an eco-socialist and thus treats class struggle (a central factor in Marx and Engels work) as a peripheral or unnecessary aspect of Marx when it was in fact driving his entire theory and worldview. To reduce class struggle to "modernism" is ridiculous. There's no harm in emphasizing Marx's views on the environment and the like, but it basically becomes liberalism while purporting not to be when it virtually ignores class struggle while doing so. It doesn't provide any solutions with dealing with or overthrowing capitalist states and is basically environmental determinism in the camp of Jared Diamond with very slight socialist leanings. The narrator was great but the book itself a 2/5 in terms of practicality.
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