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The Shadow


We have all lived under a shadow.
A deep, dark, shadow I have titled EM (European Modernism)
Few of us are aware of it, though it shades us all.
Left or Right , we are under its thrall.
I have spelt its contours out , in various books and articles.*
So , I won’t tax anyone with the details.
Instead, I focus on 2 of its most vital traits.
AI (Asocial Individualism) and AA (Avaricious Adversarialism).
AA has been with us for long, and is to be found in non EM societies as well.
But AI is a radical, portentous , innovation.
It is what separates European EM societies from its clones in the rest of the world.
You can be capitalist in any of the 4 continents.
But no non-European society has ever been able to absorb AI.
Even within European formations, the more tribalist (whence communalist) Scandinavians have never absorbed it, which is why they appear slightly more civilized, compared to their Anglo-Norman cousins.
It is this virus that has destroyed the world.
Once we are divested of our social nature, we become amoral, anomic, alienated, and, in sum, insane.
The US is the world’s most consummate Amoral Society, light years ahead ( if that’s the right expression) of Europe.
Whence the 1.7 mass murders a day: worse , the casual acceptance of it as normal.
Need I say more?
The ongoing (metaphorical) struggle today is between the mammals and the reptiles.
The mammals represent our essential, communal, human, nature; the reptiles, our EM AI/AA nature.
You might think of it as a sort of a Last Class Struggle?

* Books
3 https://www.amazon.com/Farewell-Modernism-Devolution-Twenty-First-University/dp/1433134551
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The Death Machine

The Human Prospect?

Letter from Dystopia

A Transvaluation of Values?

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[© R.Kanth 2023]

Professor Rajani Kanth, is Author of Coda (A Novel), A Day in the Life (Novel), and Expiations (Verse), and Farewell to Modernism (Political Economy Tract).

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