The first decades of the 21st century have clearly shown that the end of history, in the sense of a final synthesis of all world political contradictions, was a liberal illusion. The sobering clarity of this realization stands in stark contrast to the rushed confusion and the monstrous complexity that can be observed just on the world stage. Not a great main contradiction, but a seemingly impenetrable and wildly proliferating network of contradictions, forces and factors, fueling the sense of individual and collective powerlessness over which hovers the bittersweet fragrant morning mist of the Apocalypse. Production and articulation site of this thicket is the Internet, which David Bowie already in 1999 called the "Alien Life Form", which then became real: "... and the Alien likes to talk and twitter in billion tongues: 'Eye -Popping ': Analysis shows top 1% won $ 21 trillion in wealth since 1989 while bottom helped lost $ 900 billion - 5 killed, 21 wounded in mass shooting in Odessa, Texas. Here's what we know so far - The destruction of the Amazon will also change Europe's climate, warns one of Brazil's leading environmental researchers ... "And and and ...
If the Amazon and the Arctic burn brightly at the same time, and the concentration of wealth and the production of misery take on such absurd dimensions, one should assume that there is really something big and threatening in the bush. But even the question of what that would be, how to name it, and how to respond to it, is so fiercely contested and crazy politics made that the institutions of representative democracy run hot on a global scale. Deleuze & Guattari asserted in the 1970s, against Hegel's triumphantly advancing world spirit: "Reason is always a region wrested from the irrational. Not protected from the irrational, but irrationally traversed region. "
In this sense, very old and brand-new political forces and figures have simultaneously taken to the political stage to perform a piece that could give the paradoxical title of "Archaic Futurism.". Instead of taking a lazy sitting in left-wing melancholy in the face of chaos , or to rush ahead of speeding futuristic techno dreams offers politiken something seemingly old-fashioned and tedious:
In unpredictable, without presuppositions, at times sprawling but always concentrated conversations, we want to unfold and practice a social political thought that seeks to make sense of where nonsense is and thus delicately creates room for political criticism and, if possible, makes potentials of disruption and caesura visible. Everything comes to the table, and the singular in the light of the big picture and vice versa is scrutinized together. The expansion of the directly political into the spheres of philosophers and art is indispensable for this.
We meet once a month, usually on the last Monday of the month.
From 18:00 - 22:00
After two hours there is a break with food and drink to go into the second round.
Venue: House of the Common | Haus der Gemeinen in der Vierte Welt
German is mostly spoken, but English is also spoken if necessary. Translation is our common task.
Developed and maintained by: Dirk Cieslak, Lukas Franke and Nicolas Siepen.
politics is part of the program societies of the Fourth World
With the support of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe, Berlin.
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Usually on the last Monday of each month. Language german. Other languages welcome.
Translation is our common duty.
Next date: Mo. 28.10.19 | 19:00
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