Sitting in the middle of western Europe for a few years as a foreign resident, following the events here every day as much as possible in reputable German, Italian, Slovenian, Russian and British media and websites over that time, has given me a useful body of topics, information and texts for fleshing out and develop a blog or two. One just needs to decide which particular piece of flotsam is the best to pick out and present as a departure point, to begin with as a topic; in this post-2008 European sea burgeoning with layers of rubble, teetering from the noise and reverberations of explosions coming out of event after event on top of event, this is not necessarily easily. No sooner than I can find and drag out of the mud one colourful banner left behind after a protest from an otherwise underreported civil protest in Maribor, which nonetheless symbolically beautifully embodies much of what is going “arse-up” in this world, in the next instance everything is sooted over, and we are scratching dust out of the eyelashes shielding our reddened eyes, as the fragments and ashes coming from Laiki Bank and Bank of Cyprus fly past.
Listening to and following many reactions here in Europe, from my vantage point in Germany, still too many don’t realise, too often inexcusably refuse to admit, that they are living on surface of a system which has already become a carcass. Many of us who follow overviews of the world with enough interest call the system neoliberalism; the very fine writer and thinker John Ralston-Saul normally calls it neoconservatist globalism, it being more or less the same thing.
Sadly, as Bashar El Assad shows (albeit in a somewhat more bloodthirsty manner) , too often a dying beast refuses to acknowledge impending death by expressing even the merest fragment of common sense or humanistic empathy, but would rather take down as many as possible with him, anything and anyone within reach, marking as permanently as possible the greatness of his presence, while creating padding for his own bones in the grave. Our task in response is to realise as soon as possible that this death is impending, and to make this clearly understood to others around us, so as to work sooner on the task of how to reconstruct our living arrangements and a genuine twenty-first century civilisation from the rubble, while digging out the grave, without padding, for the carcass where and how WE want it. Life support here has run past its useby date.
From this point on I will try to be more specific.