Quotable (#19)

From a bracing interview with Franco “Bifo” Berardi:

… in the history of the war between workers and capital, the EU was the last bastion of welfare and workers’ power. This was thanks to the legacy of its colonial privilege, but also to the peculiar history of the European workers’ movement. The EU was the last example of democracy for the workers of the world. Destroying the EU was the last act of the worldwide neoliberal aggression against democracy. Now this aggression has fulfilled its goal. The EU is dead.

[…] In general, European politics is now polarized between financial capitalism and the resurgence of nationalism. These are the two actors of the history of the next decade: financial Übermensch-ism on one side, and identitarian aggressiveness on the other side — that is, financial abstraction and the aggressive comeback of the identitarian body.

[…] Resistance is futile …

1 thought on “Quotable (#19)

  1. So the future of Europe is a future of neoreactionary infighting? Doesn’t sound so bad.

    The EU wasn’t destroyed however, it imploded by itself. It was a ridiculous idea to begin with. United states of Europe? Give me a break. Only a stoned communist can come up with something like this. (and it was probably indeed a stoned communist who did)
    In a few decades people will be looking back at the Union and asking themselves “how could we have been so naive”.

    Well that’s it boys, it’s over. The EU was a product of 20th century politics, the century of democracy, and with it’s implosion the failure of 20th century politics and democracy is more obvious than ever. (and nothing of value was lost) With the EU and democracy collapsing, the 20th century is actually getting reversed. Britain wants to be neutral again, French nationalism is on the rise along with attempts to gain independence from Germany, Russia is trying to expand into Europe once again, Germany is doing the same pretty much by being the de facto continental economic hegemon. So we will very soon be back to 19th century politics. (finally!)
    Which isn’t all that bad.
    And this makes the whole techno-commercialist vs. ethno-nationalist debate much more important. Things are moving fast now that one of our big topics of conflict is gaining a lot of importance on the global scene as well. Communists everywhere are of course very worried.

    Resistance is indeed futile.

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