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CAPITALISM INEVITABLY LEADS TO EXTINCTION – IT’S SOCIALISM OR
DEATH.Internationalist Perspective 2k
Internationalist Perspective #36 spring 2000 (HEG)
Mass death, and genocide, the deliberate and systematic extermination of whole groups of human beings, have become an integral part of the social landscape of capitalism in its phase of decadence.Auschwitz, Kolyma, and Hiroshima are not merely the names of discrete sites where human beings have been subjected to forms of industrialized mass death, but synecdoches for the death-world that is acomponent of the capitalist mode of production in this epoch. In that sense, I want to argue that theHolocaust, for example, was not a Jewish catastrophe, nor an atavistic reversion to the barbarism of a past epoch, but rather an event produced by the unfolding of the logic of capitalism itself. Moreover,Auschwitz, Kolyma, and Hiroshima are not "past", but rather futural events, objective-real possibilitieson the Front of history, to use concepts first articulated by the Marxist philosopher Ernst Bloch. Theethnic cleansing which has been unleashed in Bosnia and Kosovo, the genocide of the Tutsis in Rwanda,the mass death to which Chechnya has been subjected, the prospect for a nuclear war on the Indian sub-continent, are so many examples of the future which awaits the human species as the capitalist mode of production enters a new millenium. Indeed, it is just such a death-world that constitutes the meaning of one pole of the historic alternative which Rosa Luxemburg first posed in the midst of the slaughter inflicted on masses of conscripts during World War I: socialism or barbarism!
“I think that the only way to be honest and expose yourself to criticism is to state clearly and dogmatically where you are. You must take the risk and have a position.” Zizek 04