Molecular Red: Theory for the Anthropocene

Molecular Red: Theory for the Anthropocene
McKenzie Wark, "Molecular Red: Theory for the Anthropocene"
ISBN: 1781688273 | 2015 | EPUB/MOBI | 304 pages | 456 KB/757 KB

Radical new critical theory for the twenty-first century

In Molecular Red, McKenzie Wark creates philosophical tools for the Anthropocene, our new planetary epoch, in which human and natural forces are so entwined that the future of one determines that of the other.

Wark explores the implications of Anthropocene through the story of two empires, the Soviet and then the American. The fall of the former prefigures that of the latter. From the ruins of these mighty histories, Wark salvages ideas to help us picture what kind of worlds collective labor might yet build. From the Russian revolution, Wark unearths the work of Alexander Bogdanov-Lenin's rival-as well as the great Proletkult writer and engineer Andrey Platonov.

The Soviet experiment emerges from the past as an allegory for the new organizational challenges of our time. From deep within the Californian military-entertainment complex, Wark retrieves Donna Haraway's cyborg critique and science fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson's Martian utopia as powerful resources for rethinking and remaking the world that climate change has wrought. Molecular Red proposes an alternative realism, where hope is found in what remains and endures.

"A wonderful book informative and moving a great recovery of an instructive life and literary effort. The book makes the case for a kind of political vision and action we need to recognize and enact. A true pleasure to read." -Kim Stanley Robinson, author of the Mars Trilogy

"A very imaginative, historically smart, politically generative thesis that I think we urgently need." -Donna Haraway, author of Simians, Cyborgs, and Women: The Reinvention of Nature

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