Facing the Planetary: Entangled Humanism and the Politics of Swarming
William E. Connolly is Krieger-Eisenhower Professor at Johns Hopkins University where he teaches political theory. He is a former editor of Political Theory and one of the cofounders of Theory & Event. His recent books include The Fragility of Things; A World of Becoming; Capitalism and Christianity, American Style; and Pluralism, all also published by Duke University Press.
Postlude: Capitalism and the Planetary
The postlude consists of an interview with Connolly by Bradley MacDonald, organized in the fall of 2014. The interview first reviews Connolly’s early participation in protest movements and attempts to reorganize political inquiry. Connolly then discusses his 1976 text with Michael Best, The Politicized Economy. That book explored the infrastructure of consumption and the rightward turn of the white working class; nonetheless its environmentalism was too sociocentric. Connolly addresses new disciplines imposed by capitalist states, the character of the capitalist axiomatic, contemporary modes of activism, and the role of planetary processes.