May 28, 2022

The murderous hubris of Western leaders

As reported by RT, May 27, 2022:

Western leaders believe themselves to be exceptional and are driven by delusions of grandeur and irrational fears, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov outlined on Wednesday in an interview with RT Arabic.

“We know that our Western friends have many phobias, many complexes. They have a superiority complex, the infallibility complex, and I believe they also have some paranoia,” Lavrov insisted.

“Any process that does not include the West, which the West does not control, they perceive as opposition, a challenge to their dominance.” …

“The insolence of the Anglo-Saxon alliance has no bounds, and we find confirmation of that every day.” The West sends its envoys and emissaries every day to every capital without exception … to deliver ultimatums and to blackmail.”

Their attitude is nothing new and is the modern version of European colonialism, Lavrov continued. Fortunately, history favors a multilateral future for the world, so Western nations trying to preserve their dominant status are acting against the natural progress of humanity, he believes.

He left out "stupid" and "lazy", and driven by a conviction that prosperity depends on destabilization and war to create an unending market for arms dealers.

May 26, 2022

Progress hates you.

Rich essay by Paul Kingsnorth: “What Progress Wants”, discussing the work of Augusto Del Noce (†1989) as collected in English translation: The Crisis of Modernity (McGill–Queen’s University Press, 2015). Excerpts:

Modernity, in the final accounting, took aim at all authority, all tradition, everything rooted and everything past. Del Noce’s prediction, made decades ago, was that the end result of modernity’s revolutions would be the rise of a ‘new totalitarianism’. This time around it would not involve jackboots and uniforms. Instead, it would be a technocracy built on scientism and implemented by managerial elites, designed to ensure that order could continue after modernity had ripped up all former sources of authority and truth.

What Progress wants is the end of history.
What Progress wants is the end of transcendence.
What Progress wants is the death of God.
What Progress wants is permanent revolution.
What Progress wants is colonisation.
What Progress wants is the uprooting of everything.
What Progress wants is liberation from everything.
What Progress wants is to move beyond nature.
What Progress wants is to replace us.

Progress. The Machine. Moloch. Anti-Christ. The Technium. We are all grasping here, trying to name something we cannot see, but whose impacts we can feel undermining the foundations of everything we have known. Augusto Del Noce’s analysis of the modern revolution, and the rootless, spiritless, immanent world it had produced, pointed to the ultimate destination as both totalitarianism and nihilism.

Why, this is Hell, nor am I out of it.

—The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus, Christopher Marlowe