eipcp News
08 2011

SCEPSI in the Insurrection

Franco Berardi

Franco Berardi aka Bifo




Financial capitalism is crumbling with impressive velocity, and the social civilization built by labour and science during the modern centuries, is in danger. Only cognitive work, independent from financial capitalism will be able to save it. Building autonomy of knwoledge from financial dictatorship is our political, scientific and poetical task.

Paradoxically Europe comes back to the center of the world stage thanks to the collapse of the European Union. A decade of insurrectional conflict has began in Europe, because this is the  place where the legacy of five centuries of Humanism, Enlightenment and Socialism is at stakes. Indian and chinese workers will join the insurrection when the emerging capitalist economies will no more find buyers, because of the Western recession. Therefore World Revolution is at hand as never before. The voluntaristic folly of Lenin's communism ended tragically as it deserved, leaving behind cynicism and despair. But the collapse of Europe brings class back in the place where Marx originally plaaced it: London is burning.

After preaching for twenty years competition and consumerism, mass media are trying to discredit the young British rioters because they want just to shop without paying. Young people have been dispossessed of everything, future included. Now they start their rebellion plundering want they need, but this is only the beginning, as they are also cognitive workers.

Now they are insurging, then they will build a new world from scratch, because only they can do it.

What is happening today will change the course of our lives and the historical landscape. Bourgeois capitalism is over and a financial dictatorship has taken its place, bringing destruction and misery. Intellectuals are silent, unable to record and conceptualize the ongoing apocalypse and imagine a future. Someone has to do it. This is why we have created a European School for Social Imagination just before the apocalypse. SCEPSI will emanate projects of knowledge and innovation at the heart of the coming insurrection.