The controversial Slavonic philosopher Slavoj Cicek talks in a book written in record time about the consequences of the Corona pandemic, which seemed to be a test of contemporary philosophies and prevailing ideas while the affected societies lived in a shock-like state.
With an unambiguous mixture of Marxist ideas and psychoanalysis influenced by French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan, popular culture and series-watching, movies and novels, Slavoy Czek, born in the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana in 1949, became one of the most popular European philosophers in recent decades, and it was unlikely that the Corona pandemic would be the subject of his thinking .
In record time, he wrote a book in an electronic version entitled "Virus", in which he reviewed the effects of the crisis on our minds and on a socio-economic system that was no longer effective, and expected that the pandemic-related emergency would bring with it a new tyrannical state even if it strengthened societal ties.
It indicates in the book that the exit from the non-temporary catastrophe is likely to pass through what he called "the communism of the catastrophe" as these extracts from the book published by the Spanish newspaper La Panguardia show.
Are we going to learn anything?
"Heigel wrote that the only thing that we can learn from history is that we learn nothing from it, so I doubt that the epidemic will make us wiser, the only thing clear is that the virus will destroy the foundations of our lives, causing not only enormous suffering, but an economic disaster that may be Worse than the Great Recession, there will be no return to normal life, and the new normal life must be built on the ruins of our old life (...), we have to learn to deal with a more fragile life and understand that we are only living beings among other forms of life ".
The meaning of the epidemic
"We must analyze the social conditions that made the epidemic possible, the usual skeptics line up for interrogation: globalization, the capital market, but we must resist the temptation to treat the epidemic as if it had deeper significance: the just and brutal punishment of humankind for the direct exploitation of other forms of life on Earth. If we search for a hidden message, then we are in the pre-modern stage: we treat our universe as something that communicates with us (...), the difficult thing is the acceptance of the fact that the epidemic is a pure emergency result.
It is time to drop the slogan "the United States of America (or country) first," as Luther King said more than half a century ago: "Maybe we all arrived in different boats, but now we are all in the same boat."
A form of communism.
"The solution will not be isolation or construction of new walls or more quarantine. There is a need for full, unconditional solidarity and coordinated response at the global level, which is a new form of what was called communism previously. If we do not direct our efforts in this direction, it may become The current city of Wuhan is the model for future cities (...) If countries isolate themselves, wars will begin (...) As Will Hatton says, "At the present time there is a crisis in the free market and unregulated globalization with the resulting crises and epidemics, but there is a form Another visible fact is the building of interconnectedness and teamwork based on experience. "
"I am not calling for idealistic solidarity, the current crisis shows that global solidarity and cooperation aim at the survival of each of us, and that this solidarity and cooperation are subject to a rational and selfish motive."
"What I fear most is not pure barbarism, but barbarity with a human face: harsh measures to survive ... The true message of power is that we must reduce our social pillars of morality, such as caring for the elderly and the weak."
"as the saying goes" in the crisis we are all socialists ", until Trump thought of some form of basic world income, will this coercive socialism be a socialism for the rich, like the bank rescue plan in 2008? (...) Here my idea of communism appears, Not as a mysterious dream, but as a noun for what actually happens (...) spending billions to help not only companies, but also individuals under the pretext of maintaining economic mobility and avoiding poverty, but what happens is more radical: with these measures money no longer works in the traditional capitalist way, Rather, it is outside the constraints of the law of value (...) It is not a vision of a bright future, but rather a communist Elka Heirs as anti-disaster capitalism. "
The New Age and “barbaric” capitalism “
What if the representatives of the current global capitalist system were aware of what Marxist analysts had long pointed out: The system is in deep crisis? What if they harshly use the epidemic to impose a new form of government? The most likely outcome of the epidemic will be that capitalism New barbarism will finally prevail. We should not waste time in new-inspired spiritual reflections on how "the virus crisis will allow us to focus on the basics of our lives?"