As I was translating that article, I realized how encompassing that idea of modern day feudalism is. If it’s everyone for himself, both politically and economically, what kind of freedom are we talking about?
Modern day GOP is a great example of such an ideology: Fuck everybody! If we don’t get what we want we just bomb everything. Because our idea of disruption matters just as much as the others’ idea of cooperation. Why shouldn’t it be awarded the same weight? We’re a democracy, after all. But what we get is a perpetual animosity.
It is declared that such multitude of voices will be mediated by a personal initiative, by economic progress. Well, Walter White (I’m still stunned after yesterday’s Breaking Bad episode) has a personal initiative when faced with his own mortality. In some sense, in a current predicament we’re all Walter Whites – left to own own devices, advised to fend for ourselves the best we can. Who is to say that a personal initiative will necessarily be constructive? What’s to stop us, when we’re pressed against an economic wall, from becoming our own little GOPs, from becoming metaphorical meth cooks? No matter – says the free market. It will be dealt with by an invisible hand of the market. If you’re bad you will perish. Really? Republicans have been behaving like little children for years and not only they’re expected to hold the House, some even think they will get hold of the Senate next year. If “democracy-free markets” construct rewards the initiative, it doesn’t exactly specify what kind of initiative. Malicious and destructive? Who cares, as long as it’s an initiative, as long as a person or an entity gets to act in its own interest.