Join Eddie Yuen and David McNally for a conversation on their book
Catastrophism: The Apocalyptic Politics of Collapse and Rebirth at The Regal Beagle in Toronto.
Join activists probing the reasons why catastrophic thinking is so prevalent, and challenging the belief that it is only out of the ashes that a better society may be born. The authors argue that those who care about social justice and the environment should jettison doomsaying - even as it relates to indisputably apocalyptic climate change. Far from calling people to arms, they suggest, catastrophic fear often results in passivity and paralysis - and, at worst, reactionary politics.
More about the book Catastrophism: The Apocalyptic Politics of Collapse and Rebirth:
Eddie Yuen teaches Urban Studies at the San Francisco Art Institute and
is a writer, editor, and radio producer. His publications include The
Battle Of Seattle: The New Challenge to Capitalist Globalization.
Eddie Yuen, Daniel Burton-Rose, and George Katsiaficas (Soft Skull Press,
2002). Eddie is also a contributing producer for the radio program Against
the Grain. He is a contributor to Catastrophism: The Apocalyptic Politics
of Crisis and Rebirth.
David McNally teaches political Science at York University and is the
author of many books, including, Monsters of the Market: Zombies, Vampires
and Global Capitalism (awarded the 2012 Deutscher Prize). He is a
contributor to Catastrophism: The Apocalyptic Politics of Crisis and
“Catastrophism comes at the right moment: 2012, the year of The End proclaimed across the political spectrum from deep ecologists to the Mayan Calendarists. Instead of concentrating on the merits of the claims of the various apocalypticians, Jim Davis, Sasha Lilley, David McNally, and Eddie Yuen examine the political function of these claims and find them to be deeply reactionary. This is a controversial book that challenges many of the unexamined assumptions on the left (as well as on the right). It is a warning not to abandon everyday anti-capitalist politics for a politics of absolute fear that inevitably leads to inaction.”
—Silvia Federici, author of Revolution at Point Zero: Housework, Reproduction, and Feminist Struggle
"Bravo! This is the book that has been sorely needed for so long to reveal the dead-end that a politics founded on catastrophic predictions must lead to in terms of either preventing them or actually changing the world. Essential reading for all those on the left who are concerned with the question of strategy today."
--Leo Panitch, coauthor of The Making of Global Capitalism
“I cannot overstate how critically important this volume is. Catastrophism captures a problem that few have seriously grappled with. Anyone who wishes, as I do, for a new kind of (occupied) politics will have to face this formidable array of theoretically-inspired reflections on the politics of apocalypse.”
—Andrej Grubacic, co-author of Wobblies and Zapatistas: Conversations on Anarchism, Marxism and Radical History
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