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Sunday, October 24, 2004



Anarchs.

My latest forrays into the russian and french worlds have demonstrated with renewed evidence that - whichever way you turn in Europe these days - you are bound to find the national question at the forefront of all the latest intellectual movements. The mood is decidedly reactionary - towards everything currently known as "democratic" or "liberal" or even "universal". People want an identity and they want it as tight and exclusive as possible. They also want a moral law and order that would translate into a tightening of the social law and order. France is a rich western country - Russia is an empoverished eastern block country. Nevertheless, the mood is clearly similar. I hesitate to call it conservative, it is far more radical than that.

In my uninformed view it should likely be considered as a reaction to the damnable phenomenon of "globalisation" - mechanically perpetrated by "capitalist democracies" - with the socio-political repercussions of it on each given nation/country. Except that in this case the worry is not about external exploitation in the leftist understanding of it, but about how this translates inside those very same "democracies" (even Russia and China are considered to be "capitalist democracies" from the standpoint of global-economy).

It also seems to me that these movements and ideas are fundamentally radical-anarchist in nature, even though they are called "conservative" here and there. The main point is not to restore some long proven order, but rather rethink history and rethink values altogether. Appeals are made to everything that is not part of the currently prevailing ideologies - to Satanism, to Third Reich, to racism, to all outlawed expressions of nationalism, to all previous attempts at revising history... in short and in no small measure - *to the worst in all of us* (one russian called his efforts: Towards a phenomenology of hatred).

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NB. At some point in this blog I mused about what would happen to those youths that got inspired by marginal, negative subcultures such as goth etc - once they grow up. Well, I think the above is the incarnate answer to this question: that's what happened. (not that I blame "goth" - it's rather that i wondered where/how would all this early negation find mature social expression).

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To be continued - and re-thought.





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