The end of Present World. Post-American future
Part 1. Philosophy of the Presence. Present/absent modern World.
- The Present World is not something given. The World is something that is created in the process of human existing. We exist not in the World as something taken for granted. Existing we constitute the World by the very fact of existing. The Modernity insists on the objectivity of the World. But objective World can be really present – because in order to be Pres-Ent it needs have the being, it to has to be, to participate in the Being Essence. But the question of being demands the witness who should be thinking judging entity. Only intellectual moment defines whether or not the World is present and judging the Presence it automatically constitute the World as something present. So the World in order to be should be present and has to be installed as such.
- The Modern World, the Modernity is more and more reluctant in the effort to make the World present. So it is relaxing and here begins Post-Modernity. The Post-Modernity is the refuse to try to make the World as something present, refuse to bi-in-the World. German philosopher Eugen Fink has dedicated to the problem of World very important philosophical phenomenological works. According to him the World can not be equated with the sum of the world things. It is something more than them because it is the Whole. The intuition of the Whole is the existential effort creating the World as a Whole. So only human beings know the World precisely because only human beings create it by the fact of being human.
- Martin Heidegger in “Grundbegriffe der Metaphysik” explored the subject pointing out that the stone is worldless (weltlos)and the animal is poor of the World, destituted of the World (weltarm). So the World is present when the human is human, when man exists authentically. But to be human is difficult, it demands to affront the death and the End. To exist really is to exist in front of the End, on the Edge. And that means to exist creating the event of Being, the understanding of Being as something limited and ending, surrounded by the Death and nothingness. To be in such way is possible only in the realm of the Sacred. If we abandon the Sacred we can not perceive the Being as the event. So we are loosing the World as something present. That is precisely the end of the present World understood as the process of Ending. Not End as something given, but the Ending as something lasting. Ending more and more. More and more approaching the End but never reaching it effectively.
- So the End as Ending begins when we refuse to exist authentically – in the midst of the Sacred, surrounded by the death and apophatic nothingness, intensively and dangerously. The Modernity is precisely such an epoch. It is based on the objectivation of the Being, the commodification of it is the last stage. So being modern in the sociological sense means being not present. It is famous oblivion of the Being, the absence of Being, the occultation of being. So the Modernity is the phase where be more and more refuse to exist. Refusing to exist we stop the process of the presencing of the World. Stopping the process of the presencing of the World the World stops to be present. It begins to be absent. But it holds still. It delays to vanish instead of the fact we are not working any more in order to make it present. What that means? How can we explain the metaphysics of the delay?
- The only solution is the virtuality. In the conditions of the virtuality nothing need to be really present, but at the same time nothing is really absent. Why nothing is really absent? Because the absence demands the witness who can testimony that there is not something or there is nothing at all. But in order to be witness we need to be and to exist. But to exist is the same as to be-in-the-World. To-be-in-the-World is the same as to make the World be present. But there is no case. That is why the World don’t end effectively as it should. That is why it proceeds to “be” as simulacrum. It is the nature of the virtuality. The virtuality is the delay, the lapse of the (post)history when there is no more World but there is not nothing. Nor something, nor nothing. The virtuality is precisely this: the never ending End, eternal ending.
- The Post-Modern conditions try to make such situation normal and normative. If the Ending never ends it is not Ending at all. So they mock on the eschatology or promote its caricatural versions. So never ending End loughs at itself playing with the paradox. So the End of the present World is not beyond it nor fixed in time: it is the other side of the virtuality and it produces itself here and now. But nobody sees it because the virtuality doesn't give us the distance to perceive its other side. We are in trap. The End is here but it eludes us. It feigns not to be what it is.
- Our aim is not save the World. To save the World today signifies to save the Ending, to help it to be ending even more and more, to support its fake eternity and prolong the illusion. Our aim is not to end the process of Ending because doing this we will help but to endorse the decadence more. Our aim is not to begins something new because in the midst of Ending anything “new” will be immediately seized and appropriated by the Ending and turned into new virtual distraction. Our aim is to fix the Ending as Ending and to demonstrate its real nature – the nature of the End. Only thus we can reveal the absence of the present World and disclose the fact that the End is really the End. So we need to expose the ontological nature of the virtuality in what it is not present and is not World.
- If we try to compare the virtuality with the reality in the sense of the Modern philosophy we are doomed from the beginning. The concept of the reality is simply the first stage of transition to the virtuality, its beginning. The reality is the product of the desacralization of the Sacred so it is profane in its core and the result of the reductionist disenchantment of the World. The reality is in its essence already the virtuality. The reality being the Modern concept is virtual and nihilistic. So we should compare the virtuality with the something Pre-real, that is Pre-Modern, that is Sacred.
- The philosophical dilemma is Virtual vs Sacred. Both are beyond the real – one from beneath, other from above.
Part 2. The End of the USA. The End of the other countries. Peak behind.
- Geopolitically USA shows the signs of its collapse. We see the agony of the unipolar world. USA cannot propose anymore realistic program for the parts of its global imperial control. There are some important points that are central.
- Economy. The present liberal system is based of the concept of the progressive and unlimited infinite growth. In the financial economy the factor of time and timing acquires more and more significance. So if are sure that the growth of the World economy progress we evaluate the future in very particular way. It affects not only problem of the refinancing of the credits but also huge segment of special financial and credit instruments, economy of the debts and so on. In the 80-s 90-s all liberal economy assisted to persuade the entire world in the certainty of the everlasting Growth – the growth of middle class, of the salaries, of the industry and world economy. The world has believed their story. And that was not innocent because this credulity has opened new economic strategy of the globalization – new speed of the globalization that was defined in completely wrong way. So the limits of the growth taken for unattainable were attained in the early 2000-th and that was the clear sign of the catastrophe. The crisis of 2008 was the last call. The collapse of the banc system was avoided only by the acquisition of debts by the States. But the credit policy rested the same. After Ben Bernanke appointment everybody understood that we are entering Apocalypse: the Federal Reserve policy will be surely the same and ahead of us there is only the bankruptсy of the States. The toxic deposits were transferred to the States and all global financial systems became toxic. So we are approaching the moment of the bankruptсy of the States. What next? The bankruptсy of the societies. Because the last instance to answer the collapse of the fault prognosis of the eternal growth is the people. So the people is doomed. It will be obliged to pay expense of the some decades of the rich life of the global oligarchy that is already in the past. The future is already sold and eaten. There is no future, it was demolished by the recent past of the post-cold war euphoria.
- Geopolitically. The unipolar moment of exclusive American domination is also behind us. The Internet site of Project of New American Century created by neo-conservatives is in the lamentable state – no updated items, all is frozen in early 2000 position. Nobody dares to predict to US positive future. US empire is sinking dawn swiftly. The BRICS countries are rising and communist China instead of all twaddle about incompatibility of the totalitarianism and economic growth is going soon to be economic leader. The example is clear: The liberal democracy doesn’t mean automatically the economic prosperity. Both levels are absolutely independent. You could democratic and poor, totalitarian and rich, but also democratic and rich, totalitarian and poor. All that depends.
- The other aspect: US was obliged to step back in two concrete and sufficiently humiliating situations: Russian attack of the Georgia, devoted American liberal ally in august 2008 and Russia together with China refused to let US bomb Assad. The British refuse to follow Washington is very symptomatic. That is the real end – ended (final) end this time – of the unipolar World.
- The present crisis of US financing of the government is the other sign. USA could fall very quickly. It is certain that US will fall. No matter tomorrow or after tomorrow. That is the end: both theoretically and empirically. Theoretically: the USA has lost their power of fascination. It doesn’t inspire sufficiently nobody any more. They had chance to rule the World, they pretended to rule it. They have lost the opportunity. It is time to pay. Unlucky Empire will pay hundred times more – it is the price of the fear of ones and the deception of others. USA is doomed sooner or later.
- Where are we with Israel? Serious question. The problem of Israel is not geopolitical or economic. It is theological. Their Messiah is not coming. Jewish calculations say unanimously: it is high time, he certainly should hasten. If USA fall there will be almost immediately one Middle Eastern country less. Guess which one? So he definitively has to appear because all political and military actions of the jews on the second half of the 20 century were orientated on his coming. If he delay more they are lost. He will not come not now, nor later. It is a really bad news. Bad news for good jews. They could promote simulacrum of Sabbatai Zevi kind. Virtual Messiah. It seems they can. And may be will do. So much worse for them. Internet can not save. Nor can golden calf, nor big lie.
- Definitive default of the USA could be regarded as the good news (this time) for BRICS countries and for all partisans of the multipolarity – in the East and the Latin America in Eurasia and so on. But there also is the problem. The level of liberalization, democratization, Americanization, globalization and so on is too shallow to be irreversible but too deep to be quite innocent. It has reached quite the middle of the Non-Western societies. That is not enough for them to be Western and Modern (post-modern) but enough to not be anymore Eastern or traditional. So the collapse of the USA will not signify definitive victory and triumph for Russia, China, Latin America, India or Arab countries. Their elites and considerable part of their society are Westernized enough to not even imagine the alternative. Everybody there continues to religiously believe in the USA and golden calf. The concurrent and the enemies of USA are modernists and Westerners inside. Everybody wants USA to be weaker but nobody wants it to disappear at all. But it will disappear. That will be the catastrophe for all countries, because they will fall just after. Inevitably. So seeing USA collapsing everybody will run to help them. It will be useless. So they turn to collapse will come quickly.
- The USA is the liberalism, its final stage. USA is the Modernity itself. USA is Post-Modernity. The Empire of the End. The last one. The end of the USA will be the end of the Modernity as such. It will destroy all that is Modern. Not only the financial capitalism of new economy, not only financial oligarchy but all economy including the industry that is too deeply embedded in the global financial structure. Only agricultural rural almost self-sufficient communities could survive. Something like “Mad Max” imagery is ahead of us.
- So the End of the USA will signify the End of the Modernity as sociological, historic and philosophic concept including science, anthropology, economy, technic and so on. All that is contaminated by the Modernity will collapse. So we are approaching the End of the Modern World. When exactly? Nobody can say definitively – I think soon. Or a little later. We will see.
Part 3. The choice. Platonopolis. 4 Political Theory and multiplicity of Daseins. The Titans.
1. Philosophical and geopolitical survey of the situation with some points consciously emphasized in somewhat excessive way in order to clarify the things more raises the question of moral nature: what to do? Have we the choice and if yes what is the choice?
2. I believe the choice exists always because the essence of human being is the freedom. But not always the choice is identical or indefinite. Every historic situation presupposes the special choice or set of choices. And choices are distributed in very particular way among different kind of persons. So I give my opinion – my choice.
3. My choice is the Fourth Political Theory beyond three political expression of the Modernity – liberalism, communism and fascism. All of them are impregnated by the Modernity. I refuse the Modernity (it is my choice) and I am very glad it is coming to its end. For me it was always the End and I enjoy the final End of Ending. I think that we need first of all to found the proper space beyond the virtual reality of the Modernity where we should establish the figure of Witness that could pronounce the truth of the absence of the not-present virtual World pretending to be present. So we need to emigrate form the Modernity into the realm of Sacred and prepare there our strategic base. That is the main frame of Fourth Political Theory – to create completely new political Philosophy, political Metaphysic completely free from Modernity – against liberalism, against communism and against fascism.
4. We need to affirm new political subject: not individual (as in liberalism), not class (as in communism), not race (as in national-socialism). So I propose it to be philosophical term Dasein – the Being There or Being T/Here. It roughly means the core of human existence as thinking presence. From that point we need prepare existential Revolution, the uprising of Dasein against alienating forms of Modernity. Indivudual, class or race are concepts. Dasein is not concept it is Presence itself, the Presence constituting the World – as Event, as the existential space surrounded by the Death. Being on the edge of the Death – dangerously, thinking, creating the Whole as the outburst of the Light – it is the axis of Dasein. Every man and every woman could discover the Dasein inside of them, or better to discover themselves inside of Dasein. Dasein is human essence – Menschsein. Everything could pas or change. Dasein always is here can be here, should be here. It sleeps. The Modernity is based on the sleep of Dasein. It should be awaken. It should stand up. It should begin to think and to act.
5. Heidegger defined the Man as Watcher of Being. The term Watcher if Greek fulax is the name of the political head of ideal State of Plato, the ruling philosopher. The head of the State in al-Farabi perfect State is considered in Plato sense the one who is united with Divine Intellect, the prophetic ruler, the Philosopher King. Authentically existing Dasein is the Philosopher King. My alternative is Platonopolis where rule the phenomenologists – Philosophers of Martin Heidegger school. So the humanity is concentrated in the Dasein of those who exist authentically. So I am in favor of existential Empire the Empire of the Event/En-Owning, Er-Eignis, the Empire of the Being that should we absolute alternative to this ending and ever delaying pseudo-World of simulacra.
6. In order to make the decisive step we need to define the proper moment between too early and too late – that is the Kairos, the right moment. Such moment is approaching us, coming nearer and nearer. The moment of their fall should be the moment of our (possible) rise, the window of opportunity at least. But that can not be something mechanical – the fall of USA fill provoke the fall of the others. So we need to be separated from such “others”, not to be with them in their end – they all deserved to stop being because there refuse to be really here, they refuse Being T/Here. So we need to go against what will naturally follow the fall of the USA. The fall of main evil will followed by the fall of the lesser ones. We should not be with them. It will be the time to attack. Our Kairos.
7. Fourth Political Theory is pluralistic. I believe in the multiplicity and diversity of Daseins. Every culture or civilization. Every religion and society has its own special Dasein. We could not impose our existential criteria on them. They need to awake their Daseins by themselves. Everybody understands the Event – En-Owning in proper terms. For Iranian it is the coming of Mahdi. For the aztekas the Return of Ketzalkoatl. For the Europeans the awakening of the sleeping Emperor. For Indians it is Kalki. For Buddhists Maytreya. For us Russians that is the appearance of the Saint Sophia the Feminine epiphany of the Sacred Logos. Let the people resurrect their gods. All of them were killed or chased by the titanic theocide of the Modernity. As Friedrich Junger has said: “where the there is no more gods there titans appear”. The Titans. Right name. They have risen to the top of the Sacred Mountain, they have driven out our gods, they have imposed their perverted materialist vision and their unjust and corrupted societies and greedy elites. They promote hubris as norm. That is the Modernity – in every version: capitalist, marxist or nationalist. Now the right time to titans to fall. And to gods to return.
8. Heidegger once said: “It is in vain to wait the God or gods to come. He or they will not come. Because they wait for us to come and to prepare place for their Return.” To put the End to the everlasting Ending is ourtask. Not their. Our gods are different. But the enemy of all gods is the same. The Titans. Now they are on the edge of their highest point imaginable. But nothing could grow infinitely. Once comes the moment of the fall. This moment is near. But when? That may be depend on us.
London conference 12.10.2013