Donna Haraway, “Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Chthulucene: Staying with the Trouble”, 5/9/14 from AURA on Vimeo.

And a quick quote from David Collings’ Stolen Future, Broken Present:

“What happens to our orientation to the future when its livability is cast into doubt and begins to dissolve? ….What if we realize that the life we wanted to lead is ecologically outrageous, that the children we’ve been raising have no chance to live as well as we have, and that the political causes for which we’ve been fighting may never succeed?

The answer, I think, is clear: all our practical activities, our human relationships, our professions and goals, are harmed in their very substance. The value of our ordinary activities begins to fray, and the entire framework of our lives becomes suspect. Climate change does not just melt the ice caps and glaciers; it melts the narrative in which we still participate, the purpose of the present day. In this sense, too, we are already living in the ruins of the future.” (p.116)

Pretty good Z talk

I like the bit where he says he doesn’t know what China/Singapore/etc “capitalism with Asian values” even means, and he doesn’t think anyone else truly does either. That rings true to me. Also good for the “I’m not talking about a return to 20th Century communism” type stuff – I think that might again be a case of the same, in that no one really know what that means either.

Hah, cool, foolish metaphor about learning/acting radically at the end too, using Marx/Engels/Lenin.