A New Ecology

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Thus far, he has authored or co-authored approximately scientific papers in international refereed journals, 6 books, and 17 book chapters international editions , having supervised the research work of 51 MSc and 32 PhD students, and 17 Post-Doc Researchers, in Portugal and abroad Europe and South America. His PhD thesis about soil-geographical investigations on the fate of pesticides in ecosystems was published in The main recent research interests are ecosystem analysis, modeling, ecosystem services, ecosystem theories, and indicator applications at the landscape scale.

FM has been editor of more than 20 books and has published more than scientific papers. Bernard C. He is a systems ecologist and ecological modeler, interested in the application of mathematical system theory to ecosystems. He and his colleagues have formulated an environmental system theory, environ theory and analysis, that pioneers the application of network mathematics to ecological networks such as food webs and biogeochemical cycles.

He has been a distinguished visiting professor, and has lectured and conducted short courses nationally and internationally. His research publications include papers and nine books on topics spanning marine, freshwater and wetland ecosystems.

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View on ScienceDirect. Hardcover ISBN: Imprint: Elsevier Science. Published Date: 16th May Every boundary is and has to be a barrier for it. Else it would cease to be capital—money as self-reproductive.


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If capital ever perceived a certain boundary not as a boundary, but became comfortable within it as a boundary, it would have declined from exchange value to use value…Capital is the constant movement to create more of the same. Capital devastates natural habitats, destroys species, shows disregard for natural limits and nature itself because it is the expression of a kind of labor that has become indifferent to its natural as well as human content.

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So long as labor is reduced to abstract labor and assumes a value form of mediation, capital will find a way to persevere regardless of whether the state, the community, or the most well intentioned group of individuals seek to control it. Like so many heads springing from the head of hydra, capital will find a way to persevere in its destructive path as long as we do not break free from the value-form of mediation by creating a totally new kind of labor. We must first of all be clear that the creation of a new kind of labor does not entail a mere rearrangement of the existing economic architecture.

She insisted that social transformation can by no means stop with the negation of the mode of labor, but must extend to an uprooting of all conditions in which human relations take on the form of relations between things.

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Failure to see it in production means inability to understand the crisis anywhere. This needed transformation in the mode of labor cannot be achieved simply by changing property forms. Changes in property forms can, at best, alter the mode of distribution that act as a conduit for alienating the product of labor from the producer. However, as Marx never ceased to emphasize, the alienation of the product from the producer is only the manifestation of a deeper problem—the alienation in the very activity of laboring. We need to stress here that value is not determined by the actual amount of time it takes to produce a commodity.

It is instead determined by the average amount of time that it takes to produce a commodity based on the world market as a whole. If it takes 48 hours to assemble a car in India, but 24 hours to assemble one in Germany, the 24 hours of additional labor in India creates no value. Value is determined by the amount of socially necessary labor time required to create a commodity.

Because of this there is a constant pressure to produce faster and faster. Time becomes an abstract, external measure that we must obey regardless of human or natural factors.

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How is the alienation inherent in the activity of laboring to be uprooted? There is only one way—through the collective self-activity of the laborers who create freely associated labor. Labor is either forcefully associated or freely associated; there is no in-between. One has no choice in the matter; if you wish to work regardless of the amount of value created you will soon be shown the door. So what happens to time once the workers achieve such a free association?

Time no longer is what rules us; we instead rule time. The workers decide, on the basis of their available time and resources, how to organize production and distribution. There is still of course a need to economize on time, since our time is limited. The difference is that unlike in capitalism, where the economization of time is imposed forcefully from without and according to an abstract standard, in a freely associated society the laborers consciously and deliberately decide what to produce and how to produce based on the amount of time at their disposal.

Instead of being a slave to time, time now becomes our handmaiden. Or as Marx once put it, time becomes the space for human development. This creation of freely associated labor was no distant goal for Marx. While he knew that the transcendence of capitalist alienation would be a long, protracted, and bloody process, he insisted that freely associated labor must emerge in the immediate aftermath of a social revolution for a truly new society to emerge.

Indeed, what excited him about the Paris Commune is that it brought this to life.

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He did not consider that Utopia. It was not the hereafter. The complexity involved in achieving this is evident from the unfinished and aborted revolutions of the past century. Online First. Current Issue. Special Issues. Annual Review. All Issues.