Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Eso’s Chronicles 320 / 7
It’s Not Over Until It’s Over
© Eso A.B.
All comments appearing within brackets [ ] are editorial in origin.


Whether there is a war over the Ukraine to see which Empire it comes under is not a certainty, nevertheless it is reasonably clear that in the event that a war becomes real, on one side there will be the Western Empire (U.S., NATO-Europe, Israel, and beholden) and on the other the Eurasian Empire (Russia, China, Iran, and sympathizers).

If there is a war, it could very well be of planetary dimensions: changing not only geopolitical configurations, but also affecting the environment and cultures. It also seems clear that among the most affected will be the urban environment, which may to a large extent cease to exist due to the war’s catastrophic effects not only on the physical city and its hominid stock, but its supply routes involving energy and food supplies.

WW3 may be a great opportunity for countryside cities, at least those not directly in the way of radiation brought by prevailing weather patterns .  Over a longer time pattern, the beneficiaries will also be forests and wild-life, though if nuclear weapons are extensively used, we may expect mutations in plant and animals forms, hominids not excluded.

The Big question is of course why a war that leads to such destructive results is even thought of?

The answer is that it will be fought not for reasons of power (because even the victor will gain ‘power’ for only a relatively short period of time), but because of an attempt to maintain a grossly overextended urban civilization. Also, the violence is foreordained as a result of a deliberate misrepresentation and misunderstanding of the history of civilizations on our planet. I have written many blogs on the theme in this series of 320.

As readable and interesting as “Empire” by Mssrs. Hardt and Negri may be in the context of the authors’ presumption of social history, in so far as the presumption points 180 degrees in the other direction from where that history began, the book presents great labor expended on a history presented by the Empire--as that history did not happen. Thus, working over ground that has been presumably ameliorated by capitalism, when it should have been left fallow or natural, the authors assert obvious falsehoods. So, what is wrong with their book “Empire”?

For one, the authors presume that Capitalism, which began its acutely destructive phase with the beginning of the Industrial Age, is a given for all futures hence forward, and completely ignore the possibility that it may be an exponential event that leads to its near immediate collapse. They thus present themselves as pseudo-religious disciples, even evangelists for urbanism , rather than scholars of political science. For example, the authors state (p45):

…we insist on asserting that the construction of Empire is a step forward in order to do away with our nostalgia for the power structures that preceded it and refuse any political strategy that involves returning to that old arrangement, such as trying to resurrect the nation-state to protect against global capital. We claim that Empire is better in the same way that Marx insists that capitalism is better than the forms of society and modes of production that came before it.” (My italics.)

Notwithstanding that I agree that the nation-state in isolation is an insufficient vehicle with which to resist global capitalism, the catastrophic weakness of Mssrs. Hardt and Negri is that they apparently have never considered that social history may, like anything else, come in segments, some of which are very short lived, yet apparently lived long enough to ‘snow’ Hardt and Negri.

Though the authors profess “…to [be] grounding [their] analysis in the power of the global multitute”, they actually do no such thing, though capitalism does drive ‘the global multitute’ to suicide (by way of brain damaging soldiers and workers due to over-kill and over-work), even while denying ‘suicides’ the potential dignity as they are the agon of self-sacrifice in disguise as well as denial. Not surprisingly, the attempt to escape the tortures of the capitalist social order by the multitudes which seek relief in alcohol or marihuana is met with contempt and further repressions by government and academia officials.

The ‘snow-job’ done on history and the failure of consensus scholarship to uncover this fraud, even to the extent that it fails to understand that the accumulation of capital does not begin with the multitude, but with proto-capitalist Viking marauders imposing yasak (bloody skin or fur), ‘taxes’ in place of serialized robberies, is to the shame of scholars to last till times are done.

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