Apocalypse now, apocalypse later, apocalypse every day

I posted this to Twitter today:

I had this passage from the very beginning of The Third Unconscious: The Psycho-sphere in the Viral Age by Franco Berardi in mind as I wrote it:

“In his book Radiation and Revolution (2020), [Sabu] Kosho writes with hopeless clarity: ‘Philosophically, this is an ontological shift from dialectics to immanence - from totalization by capitalism and by the state to the omnipresence of singular events. In this shift lies the prospect of planetary revolution to be grasped in the decomposition of the World and the rediscovery of the Earth.

The concepts that emerge in Sabu Kosho’s understanding of the Fukushima 2011 apocalypses are key for interpreting the global apocalypses of 2020: the ubiquitous, unstoppable proliferation of the principle of dissolution (radiation, viruses), the erosion of all symbolic and political orders, and the comeback of the long-denied Earth. Terra, defined by Deleuze and Guattari as the great deterritorialized, is reasserting itself and sweeping away the pathetic power of politics with the force of tsunamis, wildfires, viral pandemics.”

Worlds end, norms collapse, with seemingly increasing frequency. Or perhaps we have precarious moments of stability to begin with. But when one world ends, after the grief we are afforded an opportunity to build another one.

How are you doing at the end of the world? Let me know in the comments.

From McLuhan’s The Medium is the Massage