Brilliant analysis in Eurozine of the political and social implications of looking at mankind as part of the planet instead of its master.
Based on the works of Bruno Latour, Michel Serres and others, this new "more-than-humanism" can revolutionise our thinking about the economy, politics, culture and social interactions. A good example is the new constitution of Ecuador, which gives "nature" legal rights.
Author of this remarkable essay, Jonathan Metzger, draws some important conclusions from this new way of viewing the relationship man/woman – nature for the political practice of Green and Leftist parties and movements:
“In order to truly embrace the insights of more-than-humanist thinking, all Swedish political parties on the Left must rethink their current positions in practically every single political area. It would require a shift in the worldview and in the fundamental analytical framework that would affect not only educational politics and its core values, but consultative procedures and the considerations taken in city planning and infrastructural policy, financial policies over time, and the methods and purposes of long-term investigations as well. This would also involve an entirely new type of environmental protection policy that does not focus so much on preservation-destruction as it does on creating conditions for a sustainable co-existence among species.”