Notes Towards A Gothic Understanding Of The Present Days

Complete isolation was the prime condition of the preservation of Old China. That isolation having come to a violent end by the medium of England, dissolution must follow as surely as that of any mummy carefully preserved in a hermetically sealed coffin, whenever it is brought into contact with the open air. Now, England having brought about the revolution of China, the question is how that revolution will in time react on England, and through England on Europe.

Karl Marx, New York Daily Tribune, June 14 1853

China, the rotting semi-civilisation of the oldest State in the World…

Engels, New York Daily Tribune, May 22 1857

There is a sleeping giant. Let him sleep – if he awakes he will shake the world.

Attributed to Napoleon

Sometime on November 1st, 2004, hackers sat down at computers in southern China and set off once again on their daily hunt for U.S. secrets. Since 2003 the group had been conducting wide-ranging assaults on U.S. government targets to steal sensitive information, part of a massive cyberespionage ring that U.S. investigators have codenamed Titan Rain.

Time Magazine 25 August 2005

“What the bourgeoisie produces above all is its own gravediggers”

Karl Marx, The Communist Manifesto

“Fears Grow Over Repossessions”

Scotsman November 11 2010

“Capital is dead labour, that vampire-like, only lives by sucking living labour, and lives the more, the more labour it sucks”

Karl Marx, Das Kapital, I: 10

“A man’s heart is a wonderful thing, especially when carried in the purse”

Karl Marx, Das Kapital I: 9

“The continuing prevalence of pale, sexy vampires (and the rise of related comic sub-genres), the growth of teen-focused dystopian fiction and the transformation of the children’s publishing niche into a big advance–along with big financial pressure–publishing category, were just some of the topics covered by a panel of agents at Publishers Weekly‘s “Beyond Twilight: What’s Hot in the Teen Market in Publishing and Hollywood.”

Publishers Weekly, April 7 2010

“’The vampire will not let go while there remains a single muscle, sinew or drop of blood to be exploited’”

Karl Marx, Das Kapital, 1: 10

Spending Cuts Trap Poorest In Boarded-Up Ghost Towns

Guardian November 18 2010

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4 responses to “Notes Towards A Gothic Understanding Of The Present Days

  1. Colin Wright

    I am not sure how you imagine the impact of China will be on England alone? It will be global and will affect everything. Economics must include China and other BRIC economies if it is to realistically reflect the future. I found this uncharacteristically unentertaining.

  2. The imagery wasn’t wrong at the time, though, and the forecast was right on the money.

  3. Lest we forget, Marx also wrote in “The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte”:

    “Men make their own history, but they do not make it just as they please; they do not make it under circumstances chosen by themselves, but under circumstances directly encountered, given, and transmitted from the past. The tradition of all the dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the brain of the living.”

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