By Franco “Bifo” Berardi
“Bifo is a grasp of world activism within the age of melancholy. His project is knowing actual latest capitalism. experience the depression of the rebel, take pleasure in this wonderful ‘labor of the negative!’” —Geert Lovink, Dutch/Australian web critic
“In this awesome e-book the idea that of destiny, which supported the trendy heritage of tradition, politics, and financial system, is revised, reverted, cancelled and eventually revived in a unconditionally unforeseen approach. From Futurism to post-futurism, Bifo takes us on a trip via and past the century that relied on within the future.” —Christian Marazzi, writer of The Violence of monetary Capitalism
The century-long obsession with the concept that of the longer term has, ultimately, come to an finish. starting with F. T. Marinetti's “Futurist Manifesto” and the global race towards a brand new and hugely mechanized society that outlined the “Century of Progress,” Italian media activist Franco “Bifo” Berardi lines the genesis of future-oriented suggestion in the course of the punk circulation of the early ’70s and into the media revolution of the ’90s. Cyberculture, the final actually utopian imaginative and prescient of the long run, has led to a conflict, and left in the back of an ever-growing method of digital existence and genuine demise, of digital wisdom and genuine war.
The destiny, Bifo argues, has failed us. Our accountability now's to come to a decision what comes next.
Franco “Bifo” Berardi is an Italian critic and media activist. one of many founders of the infamous Radio Alice, a pirate radio station that grew to become the voice of the self sustaining adolescence move of Bologna within the past due Seventies, Bifo is the writer of a number of works of idea, together with The Soul at Work, Precarious Rhapsody, and “The Post-Futurist Manifesto.”
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The broad degeneration of bureaucratic ideology is now approaching its limit in the very country where, on account of overall economic backwardness, the remnants of ideological pretension to revolution must be boosted to the maximum: the very coun try, in short, where ideology is most needed, namely China. The crisis that has been steadily widening in China since the spring of 1966 is without prece dent in bureaucratic societies. Certainly, the ruling class of bureaucratic state capitalist systems in Russia or Eastern Europe, which in the normal way uses terror to cow the exploited majority, has often found itself torn apart internally by clashes and vendettas sparked by the objective difficulties that it encounters, or else by the subjectively 41 GUY DEBORD delusional style that a totally mendacious power is forced to adopt.
A social occurrence of such magnitude can obviously not be explained, in the anecdotal fashion of bourgeois commentators, in terms of differences over foreign policy; it is glaringly obvious, for in stance, that the Chinese bureaucracy is quite happy to ignore the insult represented by the crushing of Vietnam at its very doorstep. Nor could mere personal rivalries concerning the handing over of the reins of power have thrown so much in the balance. When certain leaders are 43 GUY DEBORD denounced for having 'kept Mao Zedong away from power' since the end of the 1950s, every thing suggests one of those charges so often in vented after the fact during bureaucratic purges, like the claim that Trotsky contrived the civil war on orders from the Mikado, or that Zinoviev backed Lenin to please the British Empire and so on.
50 THE EXPLOSION POINT OF IDEOLOGY In order to understand just how a split at the top of the bureaucracy could travel downwards, rallying cry by rallying cry, creating remote controlled confrontations at every level of the party and state apparatus, and eventually among the masses, it should be borne in mind that rem nants still exist of the old Chinese administrative system based on quasi-autonomous provinces. The denunciation this January by the Beijing Maoists of 'independent fiefdoms' clearly refers to this reality, and the growing disturbances over the last few months confirms it.