And anyway, we're already at the next generation. They're only too happy to comply.
or melancholic reactionary authoritarianism (high conceptofascism.)I think this outlook veers very close to an End Of History prognosis. Dissensus has an inexplicable fondness for diagnosing the End of History. People declaring the End Of History have a track record as dismal as that of people forecasting imminent apocalypse.
things are not that fascistically pessimistic, man. capitalism has always had mass cataclysmic breakdowns, if it is to survive or revolve, it will have to break down again. the signs are there. the problem though, is that the initial breakdown itself is not something that even musical cynics are mostly willing to accept because it erodes their privileges of being cynics, including leftist media creative ones. unless you're like nick land who is some transhuman mystic. or unless you believe that singeli is invalid because it's taking influence from western dance/rap music styles.So we have to wait for a generation that might do something, in a landscape where their very ability to imagine something different, have their own thoughts and dreams and even have an appetite for something different is being eroded by a tailor made, force fed media delivery system aka the internet, which we know is in no hurry to slow down. And in many ways is only just getting started. Idk man. Hard to see it happening anytime soon.
Faith by its nature is blind though. I mean, it couldn't be any other way. it would be rationality if it wasn't. this is why the surreal is important, which is what I try to get across with my love for more machine like techno. the unification of the dreaming and awake states.I disagree. It's a position that could lead to talk about what could be done. It's a time to take action. Sitting and waiting is like blind faith.
I mean some people believe in that sort of unending progressive line of history, but I don't really know anyone who does. maybe in an academic, intellectual sense, but in the real world things are way more complex with history always being full of contradicting tendancies.Apparently Fukuyama was wrong about liberal democracy being the end of history because of Trump etc, but we've seen right wing authoritarians before. Surely it's a step back rather than something new?
It was by no means Trump that proved Fukuyama wrong, it was the Chinese (and several other mostly Asian states) who didn't follow Fukuyama's idea that economically sucessful states/societies per se had to be liberal parlamentary democracies.Apparently Fukuyama was wrong about liberal democracy being the end of history because of Trump etc, but we've seen right wing authoritarians before. Surely it's a step back rather than something new?
yeah that's a very military way of looking at things. It works for geopolitics i guess. It doesn't really help with understanding changing attitudes, modes of living/production and migration patterns though.Pynchon's conception of history is the most convincing I've come across, the huge, shape-shifting tangle of lines. It seems insane to think of it as this linear thing which goes from point a) to b) to c).
because generally the contradictions can be unpacked whereas lines on a battlefield can't, it's the nature of prolonged conflict.Why not?
That's of course only one - the Spenglerian - way of looking at things.I think this outlook veers very close to an End Of History prognosis. Dissensus has an inexplicable fondness for diagnosing the End of History. People declaring the End Of History have a track record as dismal as that of people forecasting imminent apocalypse.
I'm not convinced it's ever really stable anymore, I guess stability is relative though. We've obviously been somewhat stable in the West for a while in comparison to what came before.earthquake history is my prefered way of looking at things. fairly stable periods that then violently shake an explode and then reconstitute everything around them, for positive or negative, often both.
it's relatively stable in the UK. the ruling class is still ruling in the old way. we know relatively certainly what's going to happen tomorrow, what will happen in 2 months time. relatively I mean. We know we'll go to work, come home, moan about rising rent prices, etc. of course there is conflict and all but generally all we're doing is stably setting the world in motion for the future generation which unlike us will witness the changes we have made, the shit we've built etc.I'm not convinced it's ever really stable anymore, I guess stability is relative though. We've obviously been somewhat stable in the West for a while in comparison to what came before.