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Neo-conservatives: The Illusion of a Future in the Past
The author begins with a careful analysis of two of the most important anachronisms that result from the War against Terror. His main aim is to support the thesis that the war is being waged not only to defeat a terrorist organisation, but also, and above all, to pursue an “architectural project”: the promotion of a regression to a “new world order” as it might have been if September 11 had never happened. Analysis of the anachronisms generated by this regressive project leads the author to make a critical review of the reasons why the War against Terror approach would appear incapable of controlling the phenomena it produces on the ground. He proposes the – entirely circumstantial – utility of the term “state of network” as an alternative to the anachronistic revival of the Hobbesian “state of nature” by American neo-conservative thinkers. In a state of network, we do not necessarily see a struggle of “all against all”. This type of struggle without quarter flares precisely at the moment in which we believe we can keep the world at a distance, even though we have, de facto, cancelled every distance in the network of electromagnetic communications.