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Molecular Red: Theory for the Anthropocene

3.58  ·  Rating Details ·  62 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
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 latt
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 21st 2015 by Verso (first published April 1st 2015)
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Adam  McPhee
The scientific recognition that collective human labor is causing climate change could well be one of those great discontinuities in perspective such as the heliocentric universe of Copernicus and Galileo, the evolution of species in Darwin and Wallace, and what Althusser rather problematically calls Marx’s opening up of the “continent of history.” In the Anthropocene, some neutral, pre-given planetary nature is no longer available as a fiction of the real. We fucked it up.

A lot going on here. T
Oct 10, 2016 Lukáš rated it really liked it
I like this. Taking up some rather obscured Soviet theory and confronting it with some contemporary polemics over science, the social, materialism and fiction to highlight some of its insights is rather an interesting take, and Wark does a great job arguing for its relevance. In the end, we have a very well composed labour-based approach to contemporary anthropocenic politics.
Richard Jones
As with some of the other reviewers below, I too found this book to be a thorough disappointment. If, like me, you are interested in the notion of the Anthropocene as a legitimate field of scientific inquiry and are looking for further information and research material on the subject, then this book is probably not going to be a very good place to start.

There is not much more I can add other than to agree with some of the other reviewers in saying that Mr. Wark relies too heavily on the four wr
Apr 28, 2016 Rdt rated it did not like it
This book was a big disappointment. It seemed promising. I was draw to the idea of reinventing Marxism for a modern era of technology and climate change because I think that Marx was brilliant but in many ways has been misread and because I often see Marxist ideas playing themselves out in odd sideways ways in modern society. I also liked the idea of getting to the reinvention by way the thinking of Bogdanov, a discredited Bolshevik, and Platonov, a Russian modern novelist suppressed by the ...more
Mar 25, 2016 Milan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A representative of that type of academic writing which derives its full body of thought from interpretative effort based on specific authors and their work, and then extrapolated to provide unique philosophical insight, the book, by my opinion, leans too heavily on analytic commentary of the authors in question, thus requiring the reader to be at least tangentially familiar with them in order to grasp the concept of Marx's metabolic rift and the opposition molar-molecular pertracted in the ...more
Angel Pradel
Aug 18, 2015 Angel Pradel rated it really liked it
Working Cyborgs of the world untie! "We all known this civilization cant last. Let's make another" Hurry up, the Carbon Liberation Front is over us.

A search, sometimes brilliant, through the wreckage of Soviet and Western marxism. Little tools hidden in science fiction literature, seeds for rethink radicalism.

Ah, dreamers, sorry. Lenin is death, and Pocahontas and Neitiry are Disney's characters.
May 12, 2015 Andy rated it liked it
The potential was there but this book did not realize it for me. The inclusion of Anthropocene in the subtitle felt like an afterthefact marketing move not deeply integrated into the work. The concept and structure were excellent, yet it didn't deepen my reading of Bogdanov or Robinson to the extent I expected.
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Feb 01, 2016 Ethan Everhart rated it really liked it
These four stars are mostly for the final section on Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars trilogy, which is a tremendous analysis of its political and theoretical themes. I skimmed over most of the rest (although the first section on Alexander Bogdanov was also fascinating).
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