Political Theory and the Displacement of Politics
*FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.
I agree that realistic and pragmatic strategies to address climate change are too often subject to technological reductionism. simplifying the problem by suggesting that our salvation can be found merely through the adoption of green technologies is short-sighted. The answers for reversing climate change exist. Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, written by Paul Hawken is an important catalogue of the policies necessary to bring about decarbonization. However, the book is overly optimistic in the sense that it doesn’t pay credit to the reality that finding the political will necessary to enact our strategies to reverse climate change is probably the greater issue. Certainly, re-thinking our definition of growth (à la Paul Hawken’s “Natural Capitalism”) and greater limits to corporate influence in our political institutions are needed if we hope to save capitalism and democracy while solving climate change.
and the European ‘politics of exhaustion ..
I want to believe him, but fear the political realist scenario is more likely, hopefully eased by a dash of technological breakthrough. I don’t think capitalism is compatible with de-growth and neither is democracy, at least not as currently constituted. Companies compete on the basis of price and productivity. That means producing more stuff in most cases. Whatever the well-justified criticisms of GDP as a measure of wellbeing, Governments don’t get elected when the economy is shrinking.