A World Without Meaning: The Crisis of Meaning in by Zaki Laidi

By Zaki Laidi

During this provocative and incisive e-book, Zaki Laidi argues that as our global turns into ever better, our skill to discover which means in it diminishes. With the tip of communism got here the top of the intimate alliance among energy and beliefs. No strength in our globalised international can from now on declare to supply which means. In melancholy we glance again to outdated versions (religious traditions, nationalism, ethnicity) to offer us a feeling of id. yet in a globalised international in an enduring nation of flux, just how powerful are those previous certainties?

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We pretended to believe and to hope that a sort of optimum political decomposition existed, which not only had no reason to threaten the territorial structure of the Cold War (East Germany and the Baltic countries excluded), but in addition, would confine itself to Eastern Europe. Both during and after the Cold War, the United States never desired the political and territorial THE FALL OF THE WALL 35 fragmentation of the USSR. Dismantling the whole Cold War, and nothing but the Cold War. that was supposed to be the rational agenda for the new world order.

The first consequence of the disappearance of the USSR was its immediate demonstration that the principle of reverse normalization was not true. Decomposition would no longer stop at the gates of the Cold War, but take with it the whole building. In effect decommunization led not only to the disappearance of the GDR and the Soviet Union, but also to the division of the federation of Czechoslovakia, the disintegration of Yugoslavia, the extension of ethnic purification to Eastern European and former Soviet Union states with national minorities, and the exacerbation of local and regionalist claims within the Russian federation itself.

The ville radieuse, as imagined by Le Corbusier, expressed this ambition, an ambition fully shared by Russian architects before and during the Cold War. Finally, behind the absolute quest for modernity comes the ‘need for edification’. 49 The closeness of the models of East and West is expressed best and most clearly in France, because its internalization of the revolutionary theme of Progress combines with the historical weight of the state in the social field, according to Michael Schneider: Political, revolutionary and democratic France, and the intellectual France which amused itself with the opium of Marxism more than did any other intelligentsia, adhered for nearly two centuries to the dogma that history has meaning, progress and end.

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