Living through the Financialisation of the Biosphere, Philip Mirowski


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 crises are unable to shake their grip on the political imagination.
For those of us who are still paying attention, the task of constructing an alternative politics of science and markets is a vital one.


2 Responses to “Living through the Financialisation of the Biosphere, Philip Mirowski”

  1. anthony Says:

    Reblogged this on The Rolling Blackout and commented:
    This is awesome.

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

  2. Philip Conway Says:

    One of the best lectures I’ve seen in a long time! Really insightful.

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