Environmental Proletariat

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John Bellamy Foster:

"I believe that we can see the emergence around the globe of what can be called an environmental proletariat. This refers in many ways back to the classical proletariat, which was revolutionary in its day insofar as it struggled not just over working conditions and jobs but over community, health, and the environment—all of which were at issue during the Industrial Revolution. Nowadays there is no concealing the effects of the economic and ecological crises at the base of society, where they mutually define the material conditions and everyday life of the great majority." (https://mronline.org/2017/12/24/capitalism-exterminism-and-the-long-ecological-revolution/)