Thursday, October 13, 2016

Capitalism And The Spectre of Nuclear Annihilation

In the 1980 film adaption of The Martian Chronicles by the late Ray Bradbury, American capitalism has conquered and settled on Mars. A capitalistically degenerated Texas cowboy has set up a fast food business on the Red Planet. As he peers through his telescope at Earth he observes nuclear war and the destruction of the planet. As Duci Simonović has correctly analyzed, capitalism is not only leading to the expansion of humans into space, but it's doing so aware that it will leave behind a dead and inhabitable planet. Presently we are the closest to nuclear annihilation than at any time since the Cuban Missile Crisis.
-Der Kosmonaut


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Anonymous Clarissa said...

I don't have faith that humans will colonize space. The ones most able to are full blown crazy. Look at Elon Musk, he'll be licking windows and talking to cats any day now. Someone said to me recently that the way society is engineered in the present moment allows for the most sociopathic to rise to the top. Maybe that's always been true to some extent.

How exciting for us, we lived through a time of seeing some of the best that humans could come up with and somehow we managed to end up back at war.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016  
Anonymous Clarissa said...

I have a theory that, generally speaking, we've hit our evolutionary peak.

Has a dream once that was random and always stuck with me. In the dream, we were *this close* to uncovering the Secret Of The Universe. Simultaneously, life had become complete and utter deranged chaos. According to my dream, the two are intertwined. Once we uncover the SOTU, this somehow triggers annihilation of civilization and we're reduced to Year Zero, forced to bare minimum survival. Then, of course, we forget everything we've ever learned including the SOTU and we have to start all over again from Year Zero. According to my dream, we're on the precipice right now of unlocking the SOTU which is why life is going to hell. Also according to my dream, this cycle is the only true cycle on earth and this has happened millions and millions of times before, though we'll never know that because we always forget it. This dream was four years ago, make of it what you will.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016  

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