• « Que les romans de Margaret Atwood redeviennent des fictions ! » La crise inédite inaugurée par le XXIe siècle - migratoire, écologique, politique, financière - a largement effrité le socle de nos libertés individuelles et des idéaux démocratiques. Il faut agir, mais quelles sont les options face à une société de contrôle qui étouffe toute forme de solidarité au profit de l'ordre et des intérêts financiers ? Que faire, lorsque les mobilisations traditionnelles, y compris les manifestations de masse, restent sans effet ? En s'inspirant de l'exemple de l'île de Vis, en Croatie, bastion des Partisans pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale - ou comment, même aux heures les plus sombres de l'Histoire, une poignée de résistants peut faire basculer le destin d'un pays -, Sre´cko Horvat nous offre un véritable manuel de résistance et d'action populaire. Et si un autre monde était possible ? Il est urgent de nous libérer de nos chaînes : La poésie du futur nous ouvre la voie. « Une vision percutante et facile d'accès, une urgente nécessité. » Noam Chomsky « Des histoires énigmatiques, un cadre temporel qui ne suit pas les standards, des combinaisons d'événements inattendues, ce n'est qu'une partie des surprises et chamboulements qu'offre Sre´cko Horvat dans ce livre radicalement original. » Saskia Sassen

  • After the Apocalypse

    Srecko Horvat

    • Polity
    • 11 Février 2021

    In this post-apocalyptic rollercoaster ride, philosopher Srecko Horvat invites us to explore the Apocalypse in terms of `revelation' (rather than as the `end' itself). He argues that the only way to prevent the end - i.e., extinction - is to engage in a close reading of various interconnected threats, such as climate crisis, the nuclear age and the ongoing pandemic. Drawing on the work of neglected philosopher Günther Anders, this book outlines a philosophical approach to deal with what Horvat, borrowing a term from climate science and giving it a theological twist, calls `eschatological tipping points'. These are no longer just the nuclear age or climate crisis, but their collision, conjoined with various other major threats - not only pandemics, but also the viruses of capitalism and fascism. In his investigation of the future of places such as Chernobyl, the Mediterranean and the Marshall Islands, as well as many others affected by COVID-19, Horvat contends that the `revelation' appears simple and unprecedented: the alternatives are no longer socialism or barbarism - our only alternatives today are a radical reinvention of the world, or mass extinction. After the Apocalypse is an urgent call not only to mourn tomorrow's dead today but to struggle for our future while we can.

  • What would happen if we could stroll through the revolutionary history of the 20th century and, without any fear of the possible responses, ask the main protagonists - from Lenin to Che Guevara, from Alexandra Kollontai to Ulrike Meinhof - seemingly naïve questions about love? Although all important political and social changes of the 20th century included heated debates on the role of love, it seems that in the 21st century of new technologies of the self (Grindr, Tinder, online dating, etc.) we are faced with a hyperinflation of sex, not love. By going back to the sexual revolution of the October Revolution and its subsequent repression, to Che's dilemma between love and revolutionary commitment and to the period of '68 (from communes to terrorism) and its commodification in late capitalism, the Croatian philosopher Srecko Horvat gives a possible answer to the question of why it is that the most radical revolutionaries like Lenin or Che were scared of the radicality of love. What is so radical about a seemingly conservative notion of love and why is it anything but conservative? This short book is a modest contribution to the current upheavals around the world - from Tahrir to Taksim, from Occupy Wall Street to Hong Kong, from Athens to Sarajevo - in which the question of love is curiously, surprisingly, absent.

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