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The Bauman Underground: Militant Epistemologies (5) - Sabu Kohso

Tuesday 4 May 2021, 4-6pm

Ten years on from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster in Northern Japan, anticapitalist activist, political theorist and translator, Sabu Kohso, joins us from New York, with Oxford Ruskin School of Art's Jason Waite, to discuss Radiation and Revolution, a new book with Duke UP.

In this landmark work, Kohso illuminates the relationship between nuclear power, capitalism, and the nation-state. Combining an activist's commitment to changing the world with a theorist's determination to grasp the world in its complexity, he outlines how the disaster is not just a pivotal event in postwar Japan; it represents the epitome of the capitalist-state mode of development that continues to devastate the planet's environment. Throughout, he captures the lived experiences of the disaster's victims, shows how the Japanese government's insistence on nuclear power embodies the constitution of its regime under the influence of US global strategy, and considers the future of a radioactive planet driven by nuclearized capitalism. As Kohso demonstrates, nuclear power is not a mere source of energy—it has become the organizing principle of the global order and the most effective way to simultaneously accumulate profit and govern the populace. For those who aspire to a world free from domination by capitalist nation-states, Kohso argues, the abolition of nuclear energy and weaponry is imperative.

Watch the talk and discussion here