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Darko Suvin, WHAT IS TO BE DONE? – A FIRST STEP

WHAT IS TO BE DONE?: A FIRST STEP 

NOTE: This essay takes as its presupposition my works on today’s necro-capitalism, as
perhaps summarised in the article “Where Are We: And a Radical Way Out,”
https://independent.academia.edu/DarkoSuvin/Papers. Please read that too.

 

Whoever does not hope/expect, shall not find the
unexpected; arduous is searching for it and accessing it.
Heraclitus, 540-480 BNE

The issue which has swept down the centuries and 
which will have to be fought sooner or later is the
people versus the banks. 
 Lord Acton, 1881 

Why do the good lack tanks and airplanes? 
 Brecht, 1940 

1. Where We Are 

 

People seem to need a sense of history comparable to
the sense of direction of the migrating birds….We
might wonder whether the enormous spiritual 
magnetism of Marx’s work could be explained… by 
its revelation of a historical sense.  
Victor Serge, diary note of 3/1/1944 

1.1. TINA and WHOA

A Johns Hopkins University study in 1988 found that a 1% increase in US unemployment [leads to 37,000 deaths (650 of which homicides), 4,000 more people in mental hospital population, and 3,300 more in prison population (Barnet and Cavanagh 292). Assuming a 1:23 ratio between US and world population in 2012, this would mean that a 1% increase in unemployment meant 850,000 unnecessary deaths per year, to leave all other consequences aside. Of course, US statistics cannot be simply extrapolated to the world, the environment is different: the consequences may be, say, half or double that amount. But if we add to this the results of direct killings from the dozens or hundreds of wars following 1989, and then the resulting starvation and diseases, we would get to staggering numbers of human misery. Those physically spared are as a rule deeply scarred mentally.

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