Universal Declaration of Obama's Rights

The degree of decline of a civilization can be measured by how much widespread hypocrisy and cynicism are. The double standard is, paradoxically, the only standard of our times, the one that is shared by the majority, or at least by the dominant group, the one paradigmatically represented by our leaders. It is, in essence, that what-is-done and what-is-said increasingly detach themselves, up to levels that could be considered pathological.

In this situation, we propose a return to the origins; literally. If, as it was said, the first law is inscribed on the body of the sacrificed (Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison, 1975), then why not do the same on his symmetrical figure, the man who decides on the life or the death of innocents?  

Image after White House's Barack Obama's photo (2012) [pd] and United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948).


Paladi Votum (Offering to Pallas)

In the same way that the capitalist regime is inseparable from the process of plundering, slavery and exploitation called primitive accumulation, the technology and the technological progress cannot be understood without the dynamics of domination by which the most powerful nations subjugate the weaker. The myth of the Trojan Horse perfectly illustrates this phenomenon. While it seems that this invention ultimately refers to a type of war machine, the fact is that, according to the legend, the Achaeans could persuade the Trojans to bring this Greek present into the citadel, because it was an offering to the Goddess Pallas Athena ("PALADI VOTUM"), whom the two nations worshiped. Until today, the virgin and warrior goddess of intelligence and strategic war is idolized, and inside her most fascinating technological devices still hide armies prepared to invade.  

Image after Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo's The Procession of the Trojan Hose into Troy (ca. 1760) [pd], Lionel Cironneau's Berlin wall fall (1989) [fu/fd] and various vintage car advertisements [fu/fd].


The Diaphragm of Cruelty

Science is neither good, as the dominant thought wants to sell, not bad, as anarcho-primitivists denounced. It is not even neutral, as scientists would lead us to believeavoiding in this way its own responsibility and letting others take the decisions. In fact, does not the whole scientific paradigm derive precisely from this transference of guilt? The question is not whether psychoanalysis is a science, but whether the science as institution is not a huge collective therapy for Western civilization.
Let's put it clear: science is good and bad at the same time, it cannot be good without being at once bad. Its Christian heritage has made us forget this basic fact. It is good for the privileged who can use it to their advantage, but it is not only bad, but cruel for the millions of scapegoats that the scientific and the technological progress sacrifice every day. But, in order to hide this evidence, the system has built a sort of diaphragm --or systemic propaganda-- which is adjusted to give the image of the science that it wants to portray, and which is closed when the scenes of greater cruelty happen. 

Image after William Hogarth's The reward of cruelty (The Four Stages of Cruelty, 1751) [pd], old Kodak/Ball Bearing shutter [ua] and execution table for death penalty [ua].