Andreas Malm (born 1976 or 1977)[1] is a Swedish[2] author and an associate professor of human ecology at Lund University.[3][4] He is on the editorial board of the academic journal Historical Materialism,[5] and has been described as a Marxist.[6] Naomi Klein, who quoted Malm in her book This Changes Everything, has called him "one of the most original thinkers on the subject" of climate change.[7]

Andreas Malm
Malm giving a lecture at Code Rood Action Camp 2018 in Groningen
Born1976 or 1977 (age 46–47)
NationalitySwedish
Occupation(s)Author, professor
EmployerLund University
TitleAssociate professor
MovementMarxist

Career

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In 2010, Malm joined the Socialistiska Partiet; he had been in contact with the party since attending a summer camp it ran in 1997.[8]

In 2014, Malm successfully defended his thesis Fossil Capital: The Rise of Steam-Power in the British Cotton Industry, c. 1825–1848, and the Roots of Global Warming, and obtained a PhD from Lund University.[9] He released a reworked version of his thesis as Fossil Capital, published by Verso Books.[10]

During a conference at Stockholm University in December 2023 on Palestinian resistance, Andreas Malm celebrated the "heroic armed resistance in Gaza". He thus expressed his “astonishment” and his “tears of joy” following the Hamas attacks against Israel on 7 October 2023.[11][12][13]

Malm has authored several books and is a contributor to the magazine Jacobin.[3][14] In his book How to Blow Up a Pipeline: Learning to Fight in a World on Fire, published in 2021, he argued that sabotage and property damage are logical components of the movement against human-caused climate change.[15] The book was adapted into the 2022 narrative film How to Blow Up a Pipeline.[16]

Psychoanalytic understanding of the climate crisis

     On the far right, you see this aggressive defense of cars and fossil fuels that verges on a desire for destruction, ... Denial is as central to the development of the climate crisis as the greenhouse effect.

—Andreas Malm in January, 2024[17]

In The Guardian, Brett Christophers wrote that Malm's research suggests that manufacturers during the Industrial Revolution switched from water power to steam not because steam was cheaper but because it was more profitable. In particular, steam allowed prime movers to be near cheap labor rather than bound to suitable waterways.[18]

In September 2021, Malm was a guest on The New Yorker Radio Hour, where he echoed the central claim of How to Blow Up a Pipeline by advocating that the climate movement use sabotage as a tactic and embrace a diversity of tactics.[19]

Books

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References

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  1. ^ Gladić, Mladen (5 August 2020). "Im Kapitalozän" [In the Capitalocene]. Der Freitag (in German). Archived from the original on 21 January 2021. Retrieved 12 January 2021.
  2. ^ Ehrenreich, Ben (13 December 2020). "Corona, climate, chronic emergency; What would nature do?". The Guardian (Book review). Archived from the original on 7 January 2021. Retrieved 12 January 2021.
  3. ^ a b Schmeisser, Susann. "Andreas Malm – Humanities & Social Change". Archived from the original on 14 January 2021. Retrieved 12 January 2021.
  4. ^ "Human ecology". Lund University. Archived from the original on 16 March 2016.
  5. ^ "Editorial board". historicalmaterialism.org. Archived from the original on 14 January 2021. Retrieved 12 January 2021.
  6. ^ Crane, Bill (Winter 2016). "Climate change: Capitalism is the culprit". International Socialist Review (Book review). No. 101. Archived from the original on 24 January 2021. Retrieved 12 January 2021.
  7. ^ "Fossil capital: The rise of steam power and the roots of global warming". versobooks.com (Web page). Archived from the original on 22 September 2023. Retrieved 22 October 2023.
  8. ^ Karlström, Gunvor (3 May 2010). "Andreas Malm, ekosocialistisk debattör: Därför går jag med i SP" [Andreas Malm, eco-socialist debater: Here's why I joined the Socialist Party] (Interview) (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 12 May 2010. Retrieved 12 January 2021.
  9. ^ Malm, Andreas (2014). Fossil capital: The rise of steam-power in the British cotton industry, c. 1825–1848, and the roots of global warming (PhD thesis). Sweden: Lund University.
  10. ^ a b Malm, Andreas (12 January 2016). Fossil capital: The rise of steam power and the roots of global warming. London: Verso Books. ISBN 978-1-78478-129-3. OCLC 900912182.
  11. ^ Mathoux, Hadrien (11 April 2024). ""Pleurs de joie" : quand Andreas Malm, penseur adoubé par LFI, justifie l'attaque du Hamas le 7 octobre" ['Cries of joy': Andreas Malm, thinker honored by La France Insoumise, justifies the October 7th Hamas attack]. Marianne (in French). Retrieved 16 April 2024..
  12. ^ Blin, Simon. "L'activiste écolo Andreas Malm a vécu l'attaque du Hamas le 7 Octobre comme une 'jubilation'" [Environmental activist Andreas Malm experienced the Hamas attack on October 7 as 'jubilation']. Libération (in French). Retrieved 10 April 2024..
  13. ^ Marna, Clément (10 April 2024). "7 octobre : l'écologiste suédois Andreas Malm dit avoir vécu l'attaque du Hamas avec 'joie'" [Swedish environmentalist Andreas Malm says he experienced the October 7 Hamas attack with 'joy']. Le Journal du Dimanche (in French). Retrieved 16 April 2024..
  14. ^ "Andreas Malm". jacobinmag.com. Archived from the original on 21 January 2021. Retrieved 12 January 2021.
  15. ^ DeChristopher, Tim (16 February 2021). "In a world on fire, is nonviolence still an option?". YES! Magazine. Archived from the original on 17 February 2021. Retrieved 18 April 2021.
  16. ^ Goldhaber, Daniel (7 April 2023). How to blow up a pipeline (Crime, Drama, Thriller). Ariela Barer, Kristine Froseth, Lukas Gage. Chrono, Lyrical Media, Spacemaker Productions. Retrieved 18 September 2023.
  17. ^ Marchese, David (14 January 2024). "How this climate activist justifies political violence". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 14 January 2024.
  18. ^ Christophers, Brett (25 May 2021). "Big oil companies are driven by profit – they won't turn green by themselves". The Guardian. London, United Kingdom. ISSN 0261-3077. Archived from the original on 25 May 2021. Retrieved 25 May 2021.
  19. ^ Remnick, David (24 September 2021). "Should the climate movement embrace sabotage?". The New Yorker. Archived from the original on 24 September 2021. Retrieved 27 September 2021.
  20. ^ Malm, Andreas (2007). Iran on the brink: Rising workers and threats of war. Esmailian, Shora. London: Pluto Press. ISBN 978-1-84964-343-6. OCLC 654103854.
  21. ^ "Past recipients". The Deutscher Memorial Prize. 10 June 2014. Archived from the original on 27 February 2015. Retrieved 12 January 2021.
  22. ^ Malm, Andreas (2018). The progress of this storm: Nature and society in a warming world. London: Verso Books. ISBN 978-1-78663-415-3. OCLC 1004424810.
  23. ^ Malm, Andreas (22 September 2020). Corona, climate, chronic emergency: War communism in the twenty-first century. Verso Books. ISBN 978-1-83976-215-4. OCLC 1153031442.
  24. ^ Malm, Andreas (5 January 2021). How to blow up a pipeline: Learning to fight in a world on fire. London: Verso Books. ISBN 978-1-83976-025-9. OCLC 1141142279.
  25. ^ Malm, Andreas (18 May 2021). White skin, black fuel: On the danger of fossil fascism. London: Verso Books. ISBN 978-1-83976-174-4.

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Awards
Preceded by Deutscher Memorial Prize
2016
Succeeded by