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