chapter  6
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A Legality for a New Earth: Ecology of the Virtual and Intensive Earth

This fi nal chapter considers the relation of the concept of emergent law to contemporary conditions. This is to consider the status of emergent law as a potential social machine. The chapter draws out two aspects of contemporary conditions that particularly touch upon the status of the concept of emergent law as a potential social machine. These two aspects are general processes of virtualisation of social organisation, and advanced crisis in capitalist social organisation. It was one of Deleuze & Guattari’s persistent claims that at the exterior limit of processes of virtualisation and of the capitalist social machine that a new earth would emerge as a new socius. If processes of virtualisation and the capitalist social machine approach this exterior limit and the drawing of a new earth, the concept of emergent law can be evaluated as a social machine and legality for the

new earth. The fi nal part of the chapter turns to characterise how emergent law would develop as a social assemblage, and proposes that it would develop a legality very different from that of the State social machine and the axiomatic of the capitalist social machine. Whilst the concept of emergent law makes of legality a philosophical and ethical-aesthetic practice and paradigm of the schizo lawyer and vagabond lawyer, the development of emergent law as a social machine would make law an ecology or ecosophy (Guattari ( 2000 )). Emergent law would be the practice and paradigm of an ecology of the virtual and intensive earth, massively extending the reach of ecology presently understood, and opening up to a creative autonomy in relation to subjectivity, social organisation and the environment, heralding an ethical and ecological creativity and sustainability.