2014-09-22

Après moi, le déluge

The "disaster capitalism" (Naomi Klein, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, 2007) is always on the lookout for any major catastrophe to make profit from others' misfortune. The same "shock" or destructive effects produced by a "color revolution", a coup d'etat or a war -- probably secretly instigated or provoked by intelligence agencies, "humanitarian" foundations or the capitalist fifth column -- can be much more easily caused by a so-called "natural" catastrophe. For, in fact, it is becoming more and more difficult to distinguish whether these catastrophes, epidemic or riots are natural or artificial, specially when it comes to the colonization mechanisms of the neoliberal capital.

Furthermore, from an ideological point of view, it is surprising to observe that globalization, which presents itself as a tendency of "progress", is in fact
nourished on a deeper level by ancient mythic narratives. Thus, the circle of history closes, in such a way that the great mythological catastrophes that gave rise to civilization, reappear now in reverse sense, as possible "ends of the world" that channel the people's fears in the direction desired by the big capital.

Image after Simon de Myle's Noah's Ark on Mount Ararat (1570) [pd-fu/fd], Léon Comerre's Le Déluge (The Deluge, 1911) [pd-fu/fd] and others [ua-fu/fd].