2014-08-29

Ku Klus Kapitalism

We have the impression that the notion of "conspiracy" is key to understand how the neoliberal system works. This is why these aproaches are demonized by the official institutions and media, under the name of "conspiracy theories" or "conspiranoics". We don't mean by that a real, concrete conspiracy, that of a certain group of people meeting together to conspire in secret and to decide the course of future events, based on certain objectives. Rather, we think that what really commits the great events is some sort of impersonal conspiracy. Conspiracies made of a constellation of budgets, stock prices, surplus weapons, electoral expectations and other ambitions. It is as if would be the system itself who conspires, who, confronted with such wild contradictions, would be compelled to act in such an evil, depraved, sadistic way. What it couldn't do but in the shadow, sharing the decision-making and the responsibility between an undefined ensemble of virtual agents; even blaming in this way the nature or God himself for man's sin (Walter Benjamin, Capitalism as Religion, 1985). It is as if the irrationality, or better, the paranoia that affects certain groups and societies, from religious sects to totalitarianism (Pedro Cubero Bros, El grupo paranoide. Totalitarismo familiar, totalitarismo religioso, totalitarismo político, 2005), would appear on another level, on another scale. It is as if the system was uncontrollably pushed into the paranoid psychosis, into inventing persecutory delusions, into impulsively acting, beyond any logic, any reason, any legality. Thus, our neoliberal regime would be a form of totalitarianism even more devastating as were the European fascisms previous to the World War II; and also on a different scale. And for this reason, more dangerous, more unpredictable, more irrational, more insane.

Image after Jack Benton/Hulton Archive/Getty Images's Ku Klux Klan ceremony (1920s) [fu/fd] and Spencer Platt/Getty Images' 9/11 terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers [fu/fd].