The Climate Coup MARK ALIZART Translated by Robin Mackay Inaction by governments in the face of climate change is often attributed to a lack of political will or a denial of the seriousness of the situation but, as Mark Alizart argues in this provocative book, we shouldn’t exclude the possibility that part of the reluctance might be motivated by cynicism and even sheer evil: for some people, there are real financial and political benefits to be gained from the chaos that will ensue from environmental disaster. When states not only allow their forests to burn but call for them to be set on fire, when they not only ignore the Paris Agreement but tear it up in public, when they aren’t satisfied with doubting scientists but also seek to intimidate them, they are, in effect, taking active steps to destroy the planet. The climate crisis creates its winners – individuals who orchestrate environmental chaos and bet on the collapse of the world as they bet on declining share values. We must train our critical attention on those financial and political actors who speculate on catastrophe and, in the light of this, we must rethink the strategy of ecological activism. This is a war to win, not a crisis to overcome.
190 x 124mm | 90 pages | UK June 2021, US September 2021 HB | 978-1-5095-4613-8 | £35.00 | $45.00 | €42.90 | CAD54.00 PB | 978-1-5095-4614-5 | £9.99 | $12.95 | €12.90 | CAD15.95 ebook available
Planetary Politics A Manifesto LORENZO MARSILI “In an age of planetary-scale existential crises spearheaded by the cul-de-sac of financialized globalization, Lorenzo Marsili's focus on the need for a renewed internationalism is vital and urgent.” Yanis Varoufakis The global crisis of our time involves a complex of ecological, economic, technological and migratory challenges that no state is able to control. The result is a provincialization of our democracies with respect to the new planetary powers confronting humanity. It is from this that our increasingly impotent and rabid politics stems. Paradoxical as it may seem, it is precisely the decline of the nation-state that is the source of the great nationalist uprising of our time. We need a new planetary vision that is able to reclaim and liberate our world, starting today and engaging each of us. Connecting with a new generation taking to the streets across the globe, this book tells the story of the ever-closer union of our world, from the age of empire to the climate crisis, and presents a plea and a road map to step beyond the mental and material boundaries of our nations. SERIES: THEORY REDUX 190 x 124mm | 144 pages | UK November 2020, US January 2021 HB | 978-1-5095-4476-9 | £35.00 | $45.00 | €42.90 | CAD54.00 PB | 978-1-5095-4477-6 | £9.99 | $12.95 | €12.90 | CAD15.95 ebook available
After the Apocalypse SRECKO HORVAT “Horvat plays with the idea of Apocalypse in such a way that our sense of the end of times is transformed and becomes manageable. He takes the ball from great minds of the past and scores a goal for those who are certain that humanity can do better than this.” Ece Temelkuran, author of How to Lose a Country In this post-apocalyptic rollercoaster ride, Srecko Horvat invites us to explore the Apocalypse in terms of ‘revelation’ (rather than as the ‘end’ itself). He argues that the only way to prevent the end – i.e. extinction – is to engage in a close reading of various interconnected threats, such as climate crisis, the nuclear age and the ongoing pandemic, conjoined with various other major threats of capitalism and fascism. In his investigation of the future of places such as Chernobyl, the Mediterranean and the Marshall Islands, as well as many others affected by COVID-19, Horvat contends that the ‘revelation’ appears simple and unprecedented: the alternatives are no longer socialism or barbarism – our only alternatives today are a radical reinvention of the world, or mass extinction.
216 x 138mm | 208 pages | UK February 2021, US April 2021 HB | 978-1-5095-4007-5 | £50.00 | $64.95 | €61.90 | CAD77.95 PB | 978-1-5095-4008-2 | £14.99 | $19.95 | €18.90 | CAD23.95 ebook available
Peak Libido Sex, Ecology, and the Collapse of Desire DOMINIC PETTMAN The New School “A brilliant and even entertaining book on a very serious topic: the worldwide decline of libido, the loss of the human sex drive and even of fertility, which closely tracks the destruction of environments worldwide. What has been called the Anthropocene leads, paradoxically, to human extinction. Thus the project of imagining an erotic Green New Deal. This is utopian thinking (in the positive sense of the term) at its most audacious.” Allan Stoekl, Pennsylvania State University What is the carbon footprint of your libido? Pettman examines the mutual influence and impact of human desire and ecological crisis, providing a forceful reminder that our hearts and loins are primarily ecological organs, beholden to their wider environments, and, as such, they share the same fate.
216 x 138mm | 176 pages | UK October 2020, US November 2020 HB | 978-1-5095-4302-1 | £50.00 | $64.95 | €61.90 | CAD77.95 PB | 978-1-5095-4303-8 | £15.99 | $19.95 | €19.90 | CAD23.95 ebook available
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