Bruno Latour, Down to Earth: Politics in the New Climatic Regime – Polity, September 2018

LatourBruno Latour, Down to Earth: Politics in the New Climatic Regime – Polity, September 2018

The present ecological mutation has organized the whole political landscape for the last thirty years. This could explain the deadly cocktail of exploding inequalities, massive deregulation, and conversion of the dream of globalization into a nightmare for most people.

What holds these three phenomena together is the conviction, shared by some powerful people, that the ecological threat is real and that the only way for them to survive is to abandon any pretense at sharing a common future with the rest of the world. Hence their flight offshore and their massive investment in climate change denial. The Left has been slow to turn its attention to this new situation. It is still organized along an axis that goes from investment in local values to the hope of globalization—and just at the time when, everywhere, people dissatisfied with the ideal of modernity are turning back to the protection of national or even ethnic borders.

This is why it is urgent to shift sideways and to define politics as what leads toward the Earth and not toward the global or the national. Belonging to a territory is the phenomenon most in need of rethinking and careful redescription; learning new ways to inhabit the Earth is our biggest challenge. Bringing us down to earth is the task of politics today.

Looks interesting, and am particularly intrigued by the idea that “belonging to a territory is the phenomenon most in need of rethinking and careful redescription; learning new ways to inhabit the Earth is our biggest challenge”.

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8 Responses to Bruno Latour, Down to Earth: Politics in the New Climatic Regime – Polity, September 2018

  1. #Latour is correct of course. But this will have no real effect except to make people like me feel that we are right and in good company with our thinking. We are validated by Latour.

  2. Yes they are planning an “escape.” Makes the movie SNOWPIERCER a reality as a metaphor.

  3. stuartelden says:

    I’m curious to see what he says about ‘belonging to a territory’, and especially if that explicitly interrogates what a territory is or might be. Facing Gaia is still on a ‘to-read’ pile, but this book might be the inspiration to look into his work on this theme more generally.

    • dmf says:

      would be a welcome change in his recent style if he does make it explicit what territory is or could be or even how one might go about investigating such matters in any depth.
      reminds me of this “Koopman, for example, argues that Foucault is heavily indebted to Deleuze’s account of philosophical problematization (Genealogy as Critique, 292-293). Thomas Osborne, by contrast, suggests that there is a significant division between Deleuze, as well as Bergson, for whom the concern with problems remains a resolutely philosophical exercise, and the more analytic orientation to problems developed by Canguilhem as well as Foucault.21 I prefer this latter view, and I want to develop it further in exploring how Foucault’s notion of problematization might be used to inform a mode of analysis that is broadly empirical in its orientation.” there is unfortunately a third more theological/prophetic approach which just to proclaim that things are so…
      https://nonsite.org/article/on-problematization

    • Empirical studies cannot be undertaken without delving into the statistical workl of #NassimTaleb. #BlackSwan; #FooledByRandomness; #Antifragile He has turned all statistical studies on their heads. https://www.academia.edu/37221402/THE_STATISTICAL_CONSEQUENCES_OF_FAT_TAILS_TECHNICAL_INCERTO_COLLECTION_ This is a recent paper heavy in mathematics.

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