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Crisis?

(for Michel Bauwens)
 
It’s a word that is ubiquitous today.
And rightly so.
But few fathom whence it arose.
We live in a system that is permanently in crisis.
I title it EuroModernism(EM)*.
It is the genre of Modernism that Europe invented in the 17th & 18th centuries,
prior to imposing it on the globe.
In so doing, it perforce pre-empted any and all other manner of Modernisms that might have evolved.
We are all, regrettably, barring some native peoples, universally E-Modernists now.
 
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Why is EM crisis personified?
Because, as a first in human history, it deracinated the very basis of anthropic society –i.e., morality, which undergirded the Social Compact and is the glue that holds it all- substituting a specious Social Contract in its stead, held up by vacuous formal legalisms backed by brute force.
 
It turned a band of convivials into a company of strangers.
It turned mammals into reptiles.
It substituted a Social Economy of Affections with a Political Economy of Interests.

 
And gave us the vampire formula for dissolution of All ties: Asocial Individualism.
I.e., a world wherein, as JP Sartre had it: Hell is other people
 
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Statue of Liberty?
Oui.
Statue(s) of responsibility, accountability, hospitality , caring, consideration?
In short, conviviality?
Or, in one word, love?
Mais, non!
 
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So, the real crisis that generates All crises is that we live within EM, in stark alienation.
Cut off from the healing matrix of our species-being.
So, full employment, zero inflation, banning fossil fuels, ending war, gender/racial equality , even socialism, will not remedy that Primal Default.
 
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We are anthropic beings.
We need to comprehend what that entails.
Our highest need, metaphorically and otherwise, is to huddle.
So, in rank ignorance of our real anthropology , the EM governors, and their power elites, manufactured, in high pomposity, the hypertrophic machinery of
fiats and ordnances: consecrated by the infantile delusions of equality and liberty (promises revocable/reversible at will) that keep us chained to the treadmills, in face of an ever expanding spate of impositions, panting ‘yes, we can’.
No, we cant.
 
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Modernist existence is run through with isolation, loneliness, misery , anxiety and angst.
A bigger GDP does nothing to mitigate that.
Equality will not blunt its pain.
 

Instead, we are all slowly driven to the brink of losing even minimal sanities:
as is evidenced in the daily horror of EM’s vanguard nation, with 1.6 mass shootings per day.
Deprived of the innate healing bonds of a human society (e.g., Australian Aboriginals, Bushmen), we morph into sociopaths and psychopaths, on the road to irredeemable madness.
 
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The Doomsday Clock is set at 100 seconds to midnight.
Now you know how we got here, and who got us here.
Start counting?
*(Farewell to Modernism,NY: Peter Lang, 2017)
 
[©R.Kanth2022]
 
Professor Rajani Kanth, is Author of Coda, A Day in the Life, and Expiations
 

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