Living through the Financialisation of the Biosphere, Philip Mirowski

This is awesome.

“Science can be on the side of neoliberals too.”

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How can it be that the climate crisis, the biodiversity crisis and the deepest financial crisis since 1930s have done so little to undermine the supremacy of orthodox economics?
The lecture will preview material from Mirowski’s new book: Never Let a Serious Crisis Go to Waste: How Neoliberalism Survived the Financial Meltdown (Verso, 2013).
In this lecture, Professor Mirowski responds to the question of how it is that science came to be subordinate to economics and the very future of nature to be contingent upon the market. Charting the contradictions of the contemporary political landscape, he notes that science denialism, markets for pollution permits and proposals for geo-engineering can all be understood as political strategies designed to neutralize the impact of environmentalism, as they all originated in the network of corporate-sponsored think-tanks that have made neoliberal accounts of society, politics and the economy so prevalent that even the most profound…

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Urban.Studies.Energy.Politics.Ecology.

8 comments

  1. dmfant

    yes that’s a good line, and more generally he provides yet another illustration that the merely academic idea of there actually being distinct modes like ‘science’, ‘economics’, or ‘politics’, just doesn’t hold up when one pays attention to what is actually happening in the off the page world of peoples’ interactions.

  2. anthony

    Yeah exactly! I think he is a great contributor to a growing interest in making STS more critical. This would really entail an active engagement with materialism, and understanding how this impacts the everyday practices of those who operate in those abstract worlds of “science” or “economics”.

  3. anthony

    Beautifully said! I agree. Especially because it seems we are leaving behind the basis of critical thought!! I should read some more Derrida and Levinas, as well.

  4. anthony

    nice! I’ll check that one out..

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