Richard Smith wrote his UCLA History PhD thesis on China’s class structure and the contradictions of market reform in China. He held postdoctoral appointments at the East-West Center in Honolulu and at Rutgers University New Brunswick. He has published articles on the Chinese revolution, China’s transition to capitalism, and capitalist development and China’s environment for Against the Current, New Left Review, Monthly Review and The Ecologist. He has written about capitalism, capitalist economic theory and the environment for the Journal of Ecological Economics, Capitalism Nature Socialism, Real-World Economics Review,, Adbusters and other media. He published Green Capitalism: the God that Failed (World Economic Association Press 2015) and is now completing a book on China’s Engine of Ecological Apocalypse (Verso, 2017). He is a founding member of System Change Not Climate Change (

Richard Smith