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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.
Anthropocene or Capitalocene?: Nature, History, and the Crisis of Capitalism by Jason W. Moore (ed.)