In this piece – originally published in Effimera, and translated from Italian by David Broder – Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi grapples with how to disentangle ourselves from a global order that shapes our politics as well as our imagination.
The tangled thread of the possible
Is it possible to reduce the infinite complexity of chaotically evolving social forms to one central tendency, a universal attractor for the becoming of the world? To do so would not be legitimate from a philosophical point of view, because we have to hold firm to the principle that the becoming of the world infinitely – and thus irreducibly – exceeds what is known.
The systematic rejection of migrants at the borders of Europe is not a mere manifestation of brutality, it is symptomatic for the transformation of the Union into a racist fortress: a wave of nationalism and hatred is mounting among the European population.
The Archipelago of Infamy is spreading all around the Mediterranean Sea.
Europeans are building concentration camps on their own territory, and pay their Gauleiters in Turkey, Libya and Egypt to do the dirty job on the Mediterranean shores, where salty sea water has replaced Zyklon B. This is laying the foundation for a racist civil war in the entire Euro-mediterranean area, unless we stop this barbarity.
After the Summer of the Greek humiliation, came the Autumn of rejected migration, then the Winter of European disintegration, before at last the Spring of Donald Trump.
In memory of David Bowie, who died today aged 69 in New York, we share an extract from Franco 'Bifo' Berardi's Heroes.
"Only through irony and through a conscious understanding of the simulation at the heart of the heroic game, that the simulated hero of subculture still has a chance to save itself."