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Down to Earth

In his book “Down to Earth” (2018), Bruno Latour explores the way in which global political action today embodies multiple contradictions in our relationship to that part of the Earth that comprises the crust and the atmosphere: that is, the narrow segment of the planet that we spend most of our time on and whose energy flows we harvest — and change. What happens when we come back down to this earth (or, as in the origianl French title, “Où atterrir”, where we land) from the lofty heights of most political and social criticism? As BRB reviewer Eric Kerr argues, first and foremost we must recognize that both localists (some of whom tend towards the reactionary) and globalists (who tend towards progressivism) are enmeshed in contradictions, and that our global and local politics, which seems so strangely — indeed, incommensurably — estranged, are, at the same time, deeply connected.