Spectral Wreckage

The specter of history haunts the system. Because history has died twice—once in order to establish liberal democracy as the simulacra-hegemony of political life, and once again to establish global capital and the pre-eminence of the speculative market economy as the central driving force of “production”—the ubiquity of the archive ensures that all events (past, current, and future) are always-already in the dustbin of history. There is no Angel of History come to bring salvation and give meaning to experience. There will be no event to cause desire to shift from the co-ordinates they are at presently to a different object. There is no way to salvage the wreckage of history. The dustbin of history is not what is forgotten but, rather, that which has no chance of ever being remembered.


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