Nature, Science and Revolutionary Struggle

Working my way through John Bellamy Foster’s magisterial “The Return of Nature: Socialism and Ecology,” it dawned on me that there was a gap in my knowledge. I knew that Marx and Engels were consumed with ecological problems, even though the word wasn’t in their vocabulary. To a large extent, my awareness came from reading another great Foster book, “Marx’s Ecology.” However, I couldn’t help shake the feeling that in between Marx/ Engels and Rachel Carson it was mostly a blur. The failure of the socialist states to support Green values reinforced that feeling. From Chernobyl to the shrinking of the Aral Sea, there was not much to distinguish capitalist and socialist society.

After finishing “The Return of Nature,” that blur gave way to clarity. Foster’s intellectual history shows a chain of thinkers connecting Marx/Engels to today’s greatest ecological thinkers, from Rachel Carson to Barry Commoner. To use a cliché,

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Canada Science and Technology Museum to reopen Friday, Canadian Museum of Nature to reopen Sept. 5

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Two of Ottawa’s most popular museums are poised to reopen soon to the public following their pandemic-related hiatuses, with the Canada Science and Technology Museum reopening Friday and the Canadian Museum of Nature reopening Sept. 5, the Saturday before Labour Day.

For the science and technology museum, all visitors must reserve tickets online. The museum has reduced the number of visitors allowed on site, where physical distancing and the wearing of masks will be required. Visitors will follow a specified path in the museum, and additional hand-sanitizing stations have been installed.

The nature museum is reducing its capacity to 250 at any given time, and its new hours will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, plus Labour Day Monday. Tickets can be reserved online in 15-minute time slots and visitors must wear masks and observe physical distancing. A path within the museum will be designated

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