If a person doesn’t understand the background and historical parallels that help clarify current events, he cannot make sense of what is happening or where things are likely to go. Most of the important data is concealed, so that one must complete the picture from just a few pieces. And the picture is constantly changing.
Nick Land is one of the most seminal thinkers of an emerging political philosophy sometimes referred to as The Dark Enlightenment. Land’s web articles, essays, and links on his sidebar, provide useful ideas and point to other things that need considering.
Probably the most cogent introduction to the ideas surrounding “The Dark Enlightenment” can be found in Nick Land’s 10 part essay on the topic:
The Dark Enlightenment – Part 1
The Dark Enlightenment – Part 2
The Dark Enlightenment – Part 3
The Dark Enlightenment – Part 4
The Dark Enlightenment – Part 4a
The Dark Enlightenment – Part 4b
The Dark Enlightenment – Part 4c
The Dark Enlightenment – Part 4d
The Dark Enlightenment – Part 4e
The Dark Enlightenment – Part 4f(inal)
We have learned a great deal about humans and human nature since the grand 18th century enlightenment ideas were first put into practise. Political philosophies which seemed not only admirable, but also practicable, no longer appear so promising. In fact, it is fair to say that things can no longer continue as they are, for very long, in the liberal enlightenment western world.
One of the links at the lower end of the http://Xenosystems.net sidebar, points to http://www.feasta.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Trade-Off1.pdf . This PDF document describes some critical instabilities in the current international banking system. It explains how the entire system might easily collapse.
Another link near the one above, points to “Dysgenics”. This PDF document looks at human genetic change, and how such change affects average human IQ levels — and how such changes in average IQ levels are likely to affect the ability of human societies to solve problems and continue to function in an increasingly complex technological world. More useful background
Both of the above documents look at innate instabilities in modern human societies, but from different standpoints. It is crucial for humans who would like to be aware of what is happening to be able to analyse important phenomena on multiple levels, from different directions.
After reading the material provided by Nick, one could easily conclude that the modern world that we know is doomed. And that is very likely. Not that we are doomed, not that humans in general are doomed, but rather the modern “enlightenment” world as we know it is doomed.
Most of us are entangled in a world of over-specialisation, requiring us to trust “the experts” to handle their various fields of expertise. Such a system works as long as the experts are kept honest. It is clear that such is not the case today, in fields where politics plays an important role. From government to media to academia to law to the full range of political activism and lobbying, spokespersons can never be fully trusted to reveal what ordinary persons need to know, without misleading them.
Some forms of war, collapse, large scale political dissolution, and widespread anarchy seem likely to occur over the next few decades — for purely political/economic reasons. No nation is likely to escape unscathed, and some will be wiped from the maps altogether.
Napoleons, Hitlers, and Alexanders still walk the Earth hungry for conquest. We have not yet seen the end of history.
Smart persons will choose their locations carefully. They will select among communities, choosing those that incorporate the highest levels of trust, cooperation, resiliency, and understanding of differences in personal habits and beliefs.