As Naomi Klein's new book--The Shock Doctrine--explores, advanced capitalism is more dependent than ever on global disasters, natural and otherwise. The Political Equator II is a two-day trans-border event investigating the geography of post-9/11 global politics taking place between November 16th and 17th. In many ways, the event is a reaction to theories embodied in Thomas Barnett's influential book, The Pentagon's New Map, which divides the globe into a "Functioning Core" and a "Non-Integrating Gap." In opposition, The Political Equator II foregrounds "the notion of a collective territory, but also a territory of collaboration that transgresses hemispheric boundaries." Pairing urbanists, architects, and activists, several of the projects involve crossing between the USA and Mexico including the world's busiest border in Tijuana.
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