From capitalism we could study the end of feudalism. We observed how the ownership of the land transformed into the ownership of the technology; how land owners transformed into business owners.
A radical transformation is ongoing, where we can already see the saturation of technology, businesses and markets all over the economic landscape.
Perhaps, we are already in another historical time. One ruled by information and geo political platforms with global influence. We are no longer rural and local and instead, we became urban and global.
Globalism is this new age, where capital is built on a verb, activating databases and virtualising material resources, while moving ideologies from the epicenter of culture into a central position of planetary extraction. Not a new idea (or even a new terminology) but a most literal one that can accurately represent these specific times.
I think that we should diverge from the endemic cycle of repentance and try to imagine alternative reasons to change the status quo. In that manner, I prefer to imagine we choose to build capital on adjectives derived from empathy, solidarity, and understanding – of course there’s a lot more terms that can be considered, but let’s start with the elements of a rather instinctive and primal view on our existence: emotions and sentiments.
I also prefer to imagine that there is nothing to oppose a global/planetary approach on resource management and basic care. There are already institutions in place to unite nations on that matter since the last global war…
I also imagine how some local communities will flourish and some will disappear as history can exemplify on multiple occasions. These processes are contributing to a statistical exercise of progressive accumulation in which, given enough iterations, the system will achieve some sort of ethnological normalisation. We will build our decisions on the last decision of others and so on. We will all wear grey at some point in the future. We will resign to the use of body marks and symbols to distinguish what we do and not to represent from where we came. We will distinguish primarily the time we expect from others and not the space we expect for ourselves. We will extract ourselves from the locality.
Feudalism ended a long time ago and we are perceiving the end of capitalism now and deeply involved in globalism as a system.
This view on an unstoppable process is an endogamous construction based on the study of renaissance trading activities (documented and varied from books to spices) that built a western view on dominance and monarchical-religious implementation of power. We are aware of this epistemological contamination and are able to change the track if we want to change the tone. We can also consciously note the substitution of older systems of collective organisation by a new set of mistakes that keep affecting our supposed social progression such as the continuation and propagation of patriarchy, feminism, wokeness and other phenomenons.
From this layman’s empirical sociopolitical diagnosis I just want to take my time to acknowledge time and, how we need the comfort of a name to feel aligned with our own extinction.
Personally, I find my comfort in a change in lexicon to transform the current grammar.
What if the name of the current era didn’t imply that sort of inevitability? What if we deflected ism’s as a simplistic definition and progressed into adjectivising as a form of defining our actions and the consequences of those intentions?
The next term will surely derive from the water, energy and space wars but The presencial era or The caring times are just some examples of undoubtedly more interesting definitions of our, yet to be determined, future selves. They could even influence planetary decisions made by new forms of participatory governance and distilled hierarchical positions on solidarity and a common sense of humanity.
Let’s hope it is not ego ism.