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The Progress of This Storm

Nature and Society in a Warming World

Andreas Malm

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An attack on the idea that nature and society are impossible to distinguish from each other

In a world careening towards climate chaos, nature is dead. It can no longer be separated from society. Everything is a blur of hybrids, where humans possess no exceptional agency to set them apart from dead matter. But is it really so? In this blistering polemic and theoretical manifesto, Andreas Malm develops a counterargument: in a warming world, nature comes roaring back, and it is more important than ever to distinguish between the natural and the social. Only with a unique agency attributed to humans can resistance become conceivable.


Praise For The Progress of This Storm: Nature and Society in a Warming World

“Andreas Malm’s new masterpiece The Progress of This Storm fills an urgent need, as did his seminal Fossil Capital in 2016. In his earlier book, he demonstrated that the fossil capitalism was not preordained by God or Nature or Technology, and that the answer is system change not climate change. In his new study, he teaches us how we can transcend those fashionable, ecological philosophies, clouding our understanding, that stand in the way of the unity of environmental theory and practice. No more definitive work of its kind exists today.”
—John Bellamy Foster, editor of Monthly Review, author of Marx’s Ecology

“As the global crisis grows, it is more important than ever to understand the complex relationship between society and nature, but much of what passes for environmental theory generates more confusion than insight. Andreas Malm has written another essential contribution to ecological Marxism, a brilliant and clearly written polemic that demolishes constructionism, hybridism, postmodernism and related academic fads, and defends historical materialism as the only credible alternative.”
—Ian Angus, author of Facing the Anthropocene

The Progress of This Storm is a furious defense of dialectical thought, and of historical materialism as the theoretical lens appropriate for viewing global warming in all its social and natural complexity.”
—Michael Robbins,Bookforum

The Progress of This Storm issues a welcome call to get serious about political agency.”
—Alyssa Battistoni, Nation

“Andreas Malm has a deep understanding of climate change, writes clearly, and presents a useful overview of environmental thought. He also introduces some compelling concepts of his own, with provocative implications for political struggle … [The Progress of This Storm] is genuinely stirring in his militant calls to action.”
—Dayton Martindale, Boston Review

“Malm argues with impressive rigour and skill.”
New Socialist

“A powerful sketch of a political theory for a time of climate change.”
—David Wallace-Wells, author of The Uninhabitable Earth

Verso, 9781786634153, 256pp.

Publication Date: February 13, 2018



About the Author

Andreas Malm teaches human ecology at Lund University, Sweden. He is the author, with Shora Esmailian, of Iran on the Brink: Rising Workers and Threats of War, and of Fossil Capital, which won the Isaac and Tamara Deutscher Memorial Prize.