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Although I continue to identify strongly with John Bellamy Foster's ecosocialism, he has an Achilles Heel over China. My guess is that he has been overly influenced by the flattery he is getting from Chinese academics in the field. Most academics dote on such attention unfortunately.

Today on the MR blog that is mostly a vast improvement on Furuhashi's garbage, there's a link to an article below that is based on an idealistic understanding of Chinese policies. No amount of "regenerative thinking" can mitigate the effect of capitalist development. China may move forward with alternative energy production (and good for them) but so is most of Western Europe. The underlying problem, however, is the separation of the city from the countryside with its tendency to create a metabolic rift, as Foster must surely understand. Chinese agriculture is a looming disaster. Just consider the big push for GMO as analyzed in this Scientific American article: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/china-launches-media-campaign-to-back-genetically-modified-crops/



In fact, this is just the type of fresh, regenerative thinking about transforming the current global economic system that many in the environmental movement have been calling for. And this hasn't been lost on some leading thinkers. David Korten, a world-renowned author and activist, has proposed expanding the vision of Ecological Civilization to a global context, which would involve—among other things—granting legal rights to nature, shifting ownership of productive assets from transnational corporations to nation-states and self-governing communities, and prioritizing life-affirming, rather than wealth-affirming, values.

Within a larger historical context, it's not too surprising that this vision of "harmony between human and nature" should emerge from China. As I've traced in my book, The Patterning Instinct: A Cultural History of Humanity's Search for Meaning, traditional Chinese culture was founded on a worldview that perceived an intrinsic web of connection between humanity and nature, in contrast to the European worldview that saw humans as essentially separate from nature. Early Chinese philosophers believed the overriding purpose of life was to seek harmony in society and the universe, while Europeans pursued a path based on a different set of values—which have since become global in scope—driven by "conquering nature" and viewing nature as a machine to be engineered.

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