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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.

3 comments on “Down to Earth: Politics in the New Climatic Regime”

  1. Exasperatingly pedantic I read the NYT Magazine's profile on the man. Was impressed by his (or rather, the article's) ideas: Science as a human endeavor that is not exempt from bias -and impossible to exercise with pure objectivity. Started watching the man's presentation in youtube. Too obscure. Lots of terms that needed prior familiarity with this work. I gave him another shot. "Let's read the man's ideas in paper. They HAVE to be clearer. After all, he's one of the worlds most recognized sociologist/scientist. If...

  2. Who speaks for the Earth? This is a brilliant, motivating essay that is accessible and to the point: as no one is speaking up for Mother Earth she will speak for herself, with all that implies. Latour is calling for a new political orientation, one that is neither obsessed with protecting profit, nor overly focussed on economic redistribution. We need a radical center that is dedicated to preventing us from going over the environmental cliff. Should be read by up and coming politicians because this will be the only...

  3. Worth the effort A good contribution to an important topic. Like so much of Latour’s writing, it would be better if it was written in an inviting and accessible way for a larger audience. As it is, few are going to benefit from the text.

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