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Article: Antiglobalization and Radical Environmentalism: An Exchange on Ethical Grounds

TitleAntiglobalization and Radical Environmentalism: An Exchange on Ethical Grounds
Authors
KeywordsRadical environmentalism
Ecoterrorism
Anti-globalization
Social movements
Environmental ethics
Leaderless resistance
Earth Liberation Front
Issue Date2014
PublisherUniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu * Instytut Filozofii. The Journal's web site is located at http://ethicsinprogress.org
Citation
Ethics in Progress, 2014, v. 5 n. 1, p. 33-51 How to Cite?
AbstractSince 1992, clandestine radical environmentalist cells, calling themselves the Earth Liberation Front (ELF), have carried out arson attacks in an effort to punish corporations for environmentally deleterious practices. I examine the radical environmental movement and find that its recent rise to prominence and notoriety is part and parcel of the larger development of the more general anti-globalization/anti-capitalist movement. Specifically, I examine how, despite its libertarian conservative origins, the ideology of Earth First! changed after an influx of new members with anti-state, anarchist sympathies. Finally, I assess the applicability of three major criticisms of “globalization from below” to the case of the ELF, namely: a) that its preoccupation with the transnational sphere and abandonment of electoral politics is misguided, b) that direct actions such as property destruction are counterproductive to the wider aims of the movement, and, c) that its strategies of contention are too episodic, and do very little to encourage practical, inclusive, local, and sustained action in the service of global justice.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/216342
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dc.contributor.authorJoosse, JP-
dc.date.accessioned2015-09-14T09:33:32Z-
dc.date.available2015-09-14T09:33:32Z-
dc.date.issued2014-
dc.identifier.citationEthics in Progress, 2014, v. 5 n. 1, p. 33-51-
dc.identifier.issn2084-9257-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/216342-
dc.description.abstractSince 1992, clandestine radical environmentalist cells, calling themselves the Earth Liberation Front (ELF), have carried out arson attacks in an effort to punish corporations for environmentally deleterious practices. I examine the radical environmental movement and find that its recent rise to prominence and notoriety is part and parcel of the larger development of the more general anti-globalization/anti-capitalist movement. Specifically, I examine how, despite its libertarian conservative origins, the ideology of Earth First! changed after an influx of new members with anti-state, anarchist sympathies. Finally, I assess the applicability of three major criticisms of “globalization from below” to the case of the ELF, namely: a) that its preoccupation with the transnational sphere and abandonment of electoral politics is misguided, b) that direct actions such as property destruction are counterproductive to the wider aims of the movement, and, c) that its strategies of contention are too episodic, and do very little to encourage practical, inclusive, local, and sustained action in the service of global justice.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherUniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu * Instytut Filozofii. The Journal's web site is located at http://ethicsinprogress.org-
dc.relation.ispartofEthics in Progress-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.subjectRadical environmentalism-
dc.subjectEcoterrorism-
dc.subjectAnti-globalization-
dc.subjectSocial movements-
dc.subjectEnvironmental ethics-
dc.subjectLeaderless resistance-
dc.subjectEarth Liberation Front-
dc.titleAntiglobalization and Radical Environmentalism: An Exchange on Ethical Grounds-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailJoosse, JP: pjoosse@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityJoosse, JP=rp02064-
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_version-
dc.identifier.doi10.14746/eip.2014.1.2-
dc.identifier.volume5-
dc.identifier.issue1-
dc.identifier.spage33-
dc.identifier.epage51-
dc.publisher.placePoland-

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