2013-06-26

Sin Mechanism

The religious notions of good and evil, sin, Last Judgment, not only haven't lost their validity with the apparent preeminence of Western secularism, but have in fact deeply infiltrated into the ruthless mechanism making the system go round. One of them is the concept of linear, continuous, measurable time, behind of which still hides the judeo-Christian god. Thus, although the capitalist system resembles more and more a huge clockwork mechanism -- Marx's "vast automaton" (Capital: Critique of Political Economy, 1867) -- driven by precision, efficiency, productivity, and other mantras of modern ideology, the fact is that the system only functions by expelling its violence towards its margins, as well as through its numerous leaks.

Image after Hans Memling's Das Jüngste Gericht (Last Judgment, 1467-1471) [pd] and various watch mechanisms [ua-fu/fd].