Archive | February 2011

The State is a Jealous God

Amongst all the other signals that indicate the end of the Modern Age — post-modernism, post-Enlightenment, end of history, post-humanism, etc — the end of Modernity also manifests as the decline and fall of the nation-state era. It is a development that national power elites and reactionaries in the so-called “patriot community” find particularly threatening and anxiety-provoking. The waning of state authority and power is signalled by the growing preference, facilitated by the new social and interactive media, for direct people-to-people contact, bypassing state-controlled monopolies and intermediaries and challenging the whole meaning of “diplomacy”.

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A Borg World: The Death of Nature

The Borg. Superpredators. Even as we boo the villains on the screen, it seems we are becoming them. Carolyn Merchant called it The Death of Nature. Nature — the realm of nativity, of “birth”… dead. It’s the “sixth extinction event”. Civlisation’s war against Wilderness and the realm of birth will be our own self-destruction.

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A House Divided

It’s -30 degrees Celsius this morning, and even the air is frozen white. It seems an appropriate day to revisit a theme once explored in the now dearly-departed Dark Age Blog: the spectre of our own “Four Riders of the Apocalypse”.

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