The Second Coming
The Second Coming

We have entered the gateway to the apocalypse. This theological concept is the best metaphor to describe the world in which we are already living. Chaos is all around us: political folly, economical delirium, ecological catastrophe, intellectual cynicism, technological simulation of life. This is what Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi suggests in this wry, dark, disconcerting but also brilliant and invigorating journey through the main events that we have witnessed in recent years.

One century after the Communist revolution, the very idea that the world could be changed for the better seems dead once and for all. Every time that a new change occurs nowadays, it seems to be a change for the worse. But the fact that nothing can save us any more shouldn’t be seen as a form of fatality or a reason for surrender. On the contrary, if our world is dead, then the space is open for another to appear – a world where apocalypse can shake us out of our zombie-like contemporary existence. The second coming of Communism will have nothing to do with 1917. Apocalypse has to be conceived of as a metaphor, and Communism is a metaphor too: the metaphor of the possible deployment of the potentials of the mind.

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  • March 2019
  • 140 pages
  • 125 x 191 mm / 5 x 8 in
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  • 9781509534838
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Table of Contents
  • Contents
  • 0. How to
  • How to deal with chaos
  • Not action but interpretation
  • Black out
  • 1. In retrospect
  • Fifty years after sixty-eight
  • A hundred years after the Soviet revolution
  • Is fascism back?
  • 2. Apocalypse
  • The expanding sphere of nothingness
  • The Empire of Chaos and the Embedded Order
  • Guns, opioids and reason
  • Trumping truth in the empire of fake
  • Auschwitz on the beach
  • 3. Is there life after the apocalypse?
About the Author

Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi is a writer, philosopher, theorist and activist in the autonomist tradition.

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