Cologne hits the fan ...

Its hard to make sense of it all, but Zizek makes a good start, see here,

a friend added that it looks something like this ...

" … a carnivalistic reaction of the underdogs to
Western [or global?] capitalism"

And if you can put all that together, we might have a more useful way to approach the intersection of people outside the Railway station / Cathedral in Koln, no?


You know the saying: "for evil to happen, it just requires that good people do nothing”. We all live with the knowledge that glam-capitalism produces an underclass / underdogs, and then we’re somehow surprised that the dogs bite. And the underclass is locked into the master/dog relationship (apologies to Hegel) by envy and aspiration (see Badiou, in Zizek's article, above) in many ways - including the weekly ritual of purchasing 'lottery tickets' (which are mostly purchased by those who have the least disposable income, and which is, on balance, a way of redistributing wealth away from the poorest).

Financial colonialism and the obscenity of billionaires doesn't look too different from the imperialistic colonialism of our forefathers. The images of glam-capitalism and conspicuous consumption, including art works for £100M plus, are the modes of production that float/underpin the 'liberal' media that we all still celebrate. Time for some pop-art/protest deconstruction of the image-pillars of our social semiotics, no? (See the Tate Modern / EY exhibition, The World Goes Pop)

These modes of consumption have replaced the modes of production, but who wants to take over the modes of consumption of the billionaires? And why would they / we? It's a non-sequitur. Global warming would just go into hyper-drive. A carnivalesque death wish if ever there was one. So we are all also suicide 'bombers', in our own sweet way. (And Stephen Hawkins has just started his take on the Reith lectures in which he is apparently going to make the same kind of point).

So, the attraction of the austere aspects of Islam, of mystical Christianity, and Zen / Buddhism makes sense (as does Weerasethakul's work - (see Tate etc, Spring 2016), in which he says "The act of closing one's eyes for refuge, or for transporting oneself to another reality, or to 'see', to me is a very relevant mechanism in this [violent, contemporary Thai] landscape. It's a kind of revolt."

On the other hand, eating our own planet / our own selves to extinction, indulging in suicide 'bombing' (or even worse, 'off- balance-sheet suicide bombing') of you/our choice, while pretending the hidden hand of the market will make it all end happily ever afterwards seems like a macabre burlesque in comparison.


As Marat Sade might have put it, 'the carnival is dead, long live the carnival!'