Continuing the discussion from [1/11] Globes, by Peter Sloterdijk – Conversation 2:
Here is an interesting perspective on Sloterdijk’s political ideas, and how they might be supported by his philosophy.
Granted, a “more affirmative theory of General Immunology (by way of a Nietzschean-Deleuzian sense of affirmation)” does not strike me as a winning political program—but if you read on and see how the ideas might be unpacked, it gets better. Sloterdijk contrasts what he calls the “Iron Age,” the “Gold Age,” and a “Silver Age” at the end of human history. From You Must Change Your Life…
“The end of history is a metaphor for the disablement of the dominant reality principle of the Iron Age following non-heroic measures against the five needs. These include the industrial-political switch from scarcity to oversupply; the division of labour between the topic achievers and the moderately working in business and sport; the general deregulation of sexuality; the transition to a mass culture without masters and a politics of co-operation without enemies; and attempts toward a post-heroic thanatology. (424)
Which strikes me as a reasonable (if not exciting, but deliberately so) way of thinking about a state of human civilization, post-singularity. The thought, as well, that we’re in effect turning the planet into a ‘human zoo’ strikes me as metaphorically apt and theoretically realistic. It is a case of the animals running the asylum. We have still not bred the zookeepers we can trust. Unless we see clearly the situation, where the ‘anthropotechnic’ trends are going, I am afraid we will continue to butt our heads against glass walls and mistake our cages for freedom.