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Politics Theory Other: The Revenge of the Real with Benjamin Bratton

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Benjamin Bratton on how the Covid-19 pandemic could transform our sense of human subjectivity, how to think about planning at a planetary scale, and why taking an epidemiological view of society will aid us in dealing with future crises, with Alex Doherty on the Politics Theory Other podcast.

https://soundcloud.com/poltheoryother/revenge

Politics Theory Other is a weekly political podcast. The show aims to bring the work of writers on the radical left to a broader public.

Recent shows have included episodes on nonviolence (with Judith Butler), the Green New Deal (with Thea Riofrancos), the economic fallout from Covid-19 (with Adam Tooze), Islamophobia and the War on Terror (with Nisha Kapoor), and Philip Mirowski on whether Covid19 heralds the end of neoliberalism.

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The Revenge of the Real envisions a new positive biopolitics that recognizes that governance is literally a matter of life and death. We are grappling with multiple interconnected dilemmas—climate change, pandemics, the tensions between the individual and society—all of which have to be addressed on a planetary scale. Even when separated, we are still enmeshed. Can the world govern itself differently? What models and philosophies are needed?