Jordan Peterson, Ian Morris, Steven Pinker, Francis Fukuyama. What do these four men have in common? A brilliant defence of the Status Quo, unlike anything we have seen in a long time. I call these men Neohobbesians. Why? Because they defend the monster cannibalizing the world. Because instead of a monster they believe this creature is a benevolent angel that will bring us to new heights unlike we have ever seen before. There are tons more men like these, but they are the ones we are most familiar with. And who oppose them, who oppose what Peterson would say is an “insanely functional society”? How crazy do you have to do that? Not very, in fact, the top intellectuals of our age have been doing so for so long people barely have hope in the establishment. Those of the old guard who “imagine an alternative to the ruling ideology (global capital, inequality, civilization, the state)” are numerous. I am going to pick five (yes, I admit unfair battle but there are so many it is hard to choose). Fredy Perlman, David Graeber, Kevin Carson, Noam Chomsky and Slavoj Zizek. Every one of the ‘old’ guards remains alive today except for the first one who departed too early.
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