Srecko Horvat: “If, after this crisis we do not change the world, we will end up in a distopa worse than the current”


madrid – If after the crisis unleashed by the coronavirus is not radically transforms the world, “you’ll end up in a dystopia worse than the current,” says the philosopher, Srecko Horvat, whose work is a continual call to action, and that he believes the pandemic could be the opportunity to create a global community.

Born in 1983 in Osijek (former yugoslavia, today Croatia), Horvat is defined as a philosopher european who travels the world giving conferences. And it is one of the leading representatives of the Movement for Democracy in Europe 2025 (DiEM25), an initiative pan-european policy, which advocates the democratisation of the european institutions since the beginning of the left.

His latest book Poetry of the future he was already speaking, before the pandemic, “the state of emergency as the norm and not the exception,” a claim that charges intensity in the current circumstances, and about which he says: “Now is the time to radically transform the world, or we will end up in a dystopia worse than the dystopia today.”

In your Poetry of the future, Hovart ensures that the global threats that face Humanity now are an opportunity to build a global community. “According to the latest data, at this time more than 2,000 million people around the world are in some type of confinement or isolation. This never happened before. And as dystopian as it sounds, this could be the opportunity to create a global community,” explains Horvat. Because “never before have so many people in the world had been connected by a single thought such as the coronavirus,” says the philosopher, and writer.

Because what worries Horvat are the “deep-seated consequences of the COVID-19 on the economy, society, and the psychology of the people who are still to come.” “Unless we act now, in order to ensure a health care public and free for all, protecting the vulnerable, including the elderly, the poor and refugees, to ensure a basic income is universal, change the functioning of the global economy, reduce carbon emissions and create a sustainable global economy, I am afraid that we will face a situation even worse than the current,” he says.

Hovart appeals to a liberation movement is global, a challenge that, he says, there is that face anymore because you can not leave for future generations. “If you do not create a movement of global liberation, there may not be a future generation. Or as Kafka said memorably once, the Messiah will come only when no longer needed, it will come just the day after his arrival. We do not have the luxury of waiting for the Messiah or a future generation,” he says.

take care of the most vulnerable In his opinion, if the climate movement driven by the children, as is the case of Greta Thunberg, showed something is that you have to listen to them and create a sustainable future for them. “If the coronavirus shows anything, it is that we have to take care of the most vulnerable members of society, those without the luxury of self-isolation, those without a home or medical care, older people, carers…”, he says.

That’s why you see the current crisis as an opportunity for an intergenerational solidarity unprecedented which is able to build a better future. Because if we don’t create a International Generationsnot have a future at all.”

Horvat is convinced that this crisis will also serve as a “litmus test” for all governments: “you can see how they reacted populist leaders such as Trump, Bolsonaro or Johnson. They have blood on their hands, and even call for 100,000 deaths a good job. If ever it was clear that populism or neo-liberalism, which destroyed the public sector, it is not a response to the current crisis (and the ones to come!), it is now”. And appeals to the responsibility of each one: “Whether you are a philosopher, or a dependent of a store, it is our responsibility to think and create a world radically different to that which has led to this crisis by destroying the nature or the habitat of animals and other living species, including viruses. The virus is not an enemy, just try to survive. And once we destroy the nature, you do not have other choice that jump from animals to humans”.

“If the coronavirus shows anything, it is that we have to take care of the most vulnerable members of society”

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