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.