Sasha Lilley speaks at the Smoke Farm Symposium on Catastrophism: Great Chaos Under Heaven
Sasha Lilley is a writer and radio broadcaster. She's the co-founder and host of the critically acclaimed program of radical ideas, Against the Grain, and coauthor of Catastrophism: The Apocalyptic Politics of Collapse and Rebirth. She gave an excellent talk titled 'Great Chaos Under Heaven' at the Smoke Farm Symposium in September of 2014.
Catastrophism explores the politics of apocalypse—on the left and right, in the environmental movement—and examines why the lens of catastrophe can distort our understanding of the dynamics at the heart of these numerous disasters—and fatally impede our ability to transform the world. This book probes the reasons why catastrophic thinking is so prevalent, and challenge 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.
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