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By Jason W. Moore (ed.)

ISBN-10: 1629631485

ISBN-13: 9781629631486

Individuals: Elmar Altvater, Eileen C. Crist, Donna J. Haraway, Daniel Hartley, Christian Parenti, Justin McBrien

The Earth has reached a tipping element. Runaway weather swap, the 6th nice extinction of planetary lifestyles, the acidification of the oceans—all aspect towards an period of unparalleled turbulence in humanity’s courting in the internet of lifestyles. yet simply what's that dating, and the way will we make experience of this remarkable transition? Anthropocene or Capitalocene? offers solutions to those questions from a dynamic team of top serious students who problem the traditional perform of dividing old switch and modern fact into “Nature” and “Society,” demonstrating the probabilities provided via a extra nuanced and connective view of human environment-making, joined at each step with and in the biosphere. In unique registers, the authors body their discussions inside a politics of desire that sign the probabilities for transcending capitalism, generally understood as a “world-ecology” that joins nature, capital, and tool as a traditionally evolving whole.

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21 Discussion of geoengineering is standard fare in the Anthropocene discourse. In my view, this discourse (in its conjoined scientific, environmentalist, and journalistic venues) has become the chief force of normalizing the expectation of such megatechnological experimentation in (and/or with) the biosphere. 22 “The Anthropocene will be a warning to the world,” quips Crutzen (quoted in Kolbert 2011). Why (and how) would a term with no content other than the brazen face of “anthropos” stamped over the face of the Earth, be a warning to the world?

Extrapolating from the past, but not without sounding an occasional note of uncertainty, Anthropocene supporters expect (or hope) that this forward movement will keep materializing variants of progress such as green energy, economic development for all, a gardened planet, or the blossoming of a global noosphere. How true the cliché that history is written by the victors, and how much truer for the history of the planet’s conquest against which no 17 A n t h r o p o c e n e o r Ca p i ta l o c e n e ?

In a 2011 special issue on the Anthropocene, the Economist (a magazine sweet on the Anthropocene long before the term was introduced) highlights that what we need in the Age of Man is a “smart planet” (2011a, 2011b). ” When history’s imperative to endure speaks, the “imagination atrophies” (Horkheimer and Adorno 1972, 35). There is the small thing of refraining from imagining a world of 10 billion reasonably rich people (assuming for argument’s sake that such is possible)—a refraining complied with in the Anthropocene discourse more broadly.

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