From our lockdowns we glimpse once more, at least on a biological level, the chaotic ‘state of nature’ laid out by Thomas Hobbes in Leviathan; a life underscored by the continual ‘fear and danger of a violent death’, in which ‘every man is an enemy to every man’.
The First World War traumatized the political and cultural life of Europe, especially in the German speaking world. Heidegger's, Jasper's, Freud's, Junger's, Hesse's (not to mention Hitler's) inter-war works are unthinkable without this bloody caesura in European history. In a profound sense, the inter-war period in Germany (but not only) could be viewed as a psychic expression of what we would call today: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. One of the more notable of these dark intellectual manifestations was Carl Schmitt's The Concept of the Political. Yet Carl Schmitt is closer to us than we are usually likely to admit.
This is the 2nd pandemia of global capitalocene (1st was/is the temperature and sea-level rise, but it's so slow banks don't worry). So we’re in kinda „medical pre-fascism,“ for the rulers a very welcome excuse for the future: only police and pass-holders on the streets, no unruly demonstrators, approaching total control
by Victor Wallis The COVID-19 emergency underscores longstanding truths about capitalism and socialism. Acting on the most immediate demands that
By: Dan Corjescu Does Nietzsche have anything important to say to us, the current inhabitants of a hyperglobal age? Nietzsche
By Craig Collins As modern civilization’s shelf life expires, more scholars have turned their attention to the decline and fall
“It is not important that everyone should have the same. What is morally important is that each should have enough”
By Glen Paul Hammond It is true, we shall be monsters, cut off from all the world; but on that
By: Dan Corjescu Imagine this rather typical SF scenario: alien invaders arrive on Earth. They are vastly superior in intelligence,
By: Brandy Harrison You only have to turn on the television or glance at the news headlines to encounter it: