We are witnessing a global crisis of universal rights and values: instead of the divided common, new borders are being erected. Who needs them, and why? Is this a turn to the past—or a beginning of something new? This discussion, featuring Karen Armstrong, Franco “Bifo” Berardi, Alexander Bikbov, Artemy Magun, Daniel Miller, Viacheslav Morozov, Guy Standing, Madina Tlostanova and Keti Chukhrov will take place as part of The New Archaic thematic block.
The previous understanding of the universal, e.g. common rights and values rooted in the Enlightenment paradigm tradition, withdraws into the shadows nowadays. This crisis has touched single countries, as well as interstate organizations, like the European Union for example. The politics of national, religious and ethnic identity has come to the foreground. The boost of social movements based around identity issues is often used by right-wing political powers. One of the most radical political movements built on the concept of identity is ISIS (a terrorist organization banned in Russia). Where can these processes lead us? Are they related to neoliberalism, which erodes the social infrastructure of states, replacing common social guarantees with personalized service supply? Shall we carry out and built new universal ideals and common rights, or not? How is it possible to fight increasing social inequality and ultra-right populism? Are we dealing with the return of the archaic paradigm—or with something new and unique that has yet to be defined.