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The Failure of Modern Civilization and the Struggle for a «Deep» Alternative

On «Critical Theory of Patriarchy» as a New Paradigm


Claudia von Werlhof

Western civilization is the Utopia of a better and higher life on Earth. The globalization of neo-liberalism proves that this project has failed. The paradigm of «Critical Theory of Patriarchy» explains this failure and discusses alternatives. By confronting the central civilizations in history, the egalitarian, life-oriented matriarchal one, and the hierarchical, nature and life dominating, hostile patriarchal one, we see that 5000 years of patriarchy have «replaced» matriarchies and nature itself by a «progressive» counter-world of «capital». This transformation characterizes «capitalist patriarchy» including «socialism». Its demise is due to the «alchemical» destruction of the world’s resources, thought of, theologically legitimized and fetishized as «creation». This violence is not recognized. Elites have, instead, begun with a new «military alchemy», treating the whole Planet as weapon of mass destruction. Hence, the «Planetary Movement for Mother Earth».
Contents: The Failure of Modern Civilization and «Critical Theory of Patriarchy» – Capitalism as «Globalization»: There is no Alternative? – From «Patriarchy» to «Capitalist Patriarchy» – The Globalization of Capitalist Patriarchy and the Alternatives – The Latest Challenge: «Military Alchemy» as Dystopia for Planet Earth – Call for a «Planetary Movement for Mother Earth».