Author: Christian Parenti

Christian Parenti is a professor at the School for International Training Graduate Institute, a Nation contributing editor, and the author of four books, the most recent being Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence (New York: Nation Books, June 2011).

Rethinking the State

Shadow Socialism in the Age of Environmental Crisis

I am going to discuss the political implications of climate change as regards the role of the state. The punch line is this: climate change means that the state is coming back. The choice is whether the state’s return will be violent and repressive or whether its return can involve a renovation and transformation that enhances the state’s progressive and democratic features.