In the middle of all our other crises we are witnessing a chaotification (in the midst of the immense development from) the ‘initial conditions’ of the modern: we confront more than the dissolution of cultural sanity by capitalism. We are also confronted by the drift of modernity into distortions of itself. It is the reason for the frequent impulse to denounce ‘decline’ or make comparisons to the onset of the Roman Empire. Those comparisons are apt, but perhaps misleading. Modernity is not declining: it is actually expanding, but its character can cease to realize the starting points that animated its revolutionary surge.
We need to see the way capitalism has vitiated much of the integrity of the idealized secular modernity foreseen in the period of transition. But we must apply a larger remedy on the order of creating a new a higher civilization, very hard to do in the context of capitalist rapacity…