Proposed by Alex Ostojski
What, how much, and whom do we desire? Capitalism marks the horizon—up to here and no further, and after me: destruction. Capitalism has long since penetrated all spheres of life; left behind are devastated lands wherever the eye settles and suicidal societies with Stockholm syndrome. Trapped in a toxic relationship, a fragile middle class wants more, more, more of the benefits whose fleeting pleasure makes them forget excesses of violence and creates a false sense of security. Addicted to their tormentor, the majority cling to a system “that, in the course of five hundred years of exploitation of the earth, has repeatedly demonstrated its inability to ensure the well-being of the world’s population, a … system … increasingly dependent on the violence of its bombs to maintain its rule.”(1)
1 Silvia Federici, Aufstand aus der Küche: Reproduktionsarbeit im globalen Kapitalismus und die unvollendete feministische Revolution, vol. 1 of Kitchen Politics (Münster, 2020). Translated by the author.