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Down to Earth

Politics in the New Climatic Regime

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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.

Product code: 9781509530564

ISBN 9781509530564
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H222xW147xS14
No. Of Pages 140
Publisher Polity Press
Climate change has led to political crisis, with massive inequalities and deregulation. Equally, the Left still hopes in globalization - when, everywhere, people are turning back to the protection of national borders. Bruno Latour argues the solution lies in reorienting our perspective. Bringing us down to earth is the task of politics today.