The Role of Magic in the Modern World Systemic Crisis

The nature of a crisis is that it cannot be resolved in the original framework of a given system. Capitalism, for example, promotes the perpetual accumulation of capital, by which demand is ensured by income, thereby establishing a wage-economy. Yet because our environment–the earth–is finite, growth of human population and industrialization cannot continue indefinitely, so that trade-offs will undoubtedly occur simply because in a limited world “everything” cannot be maximized for “everyone.” Indeed, as capital business attempts to stifle rising costs, the depletion of natural resources and the exhaustion of dumping space affects the geoculture of the capitalist world-economy so that remuneration, cost of inputs, and taxes levied on companies squeeze potential earnings. The effect is to set up a dichotomy between the syndical power of employees and the financial motivations of runaway firms struggling to maximize profits, who try to externalize costs.

Anti-systemic movements thus challenge state power and economic structures in their uprising against the status quo so that wild fluctuations contribute to major changes in chaotic transition periods. Freedom and Egalitarianism balance the rights of the Majority with the emerging assertions of the Minority, whereby  polarization, exacerbated by prejudice and discrimination, is either addressed and rectified or institutionalized and enforced systematically. This implies a bifurcation point, where members of a chaotic world economic/social system CHOOSE whether to create a state that fulfills collective possibilities or defer their agency and ultimately ignore the crisis itself. (See World Systems Analysis, Wallerstein)

To this end, Magic tends to be extremely relevant as spells are often used to influence someone or something, where an individual asserts control to cause an intended outcome. Arthur C. Clark states that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic, as they are both beyond common understanding. Therefore the consequences effected by the control and intention of techno-priests establishes a correlating theocracy in which knowledge as it relates to man’s relation to the earth is utilized to address  specific, concrete and practical problems.

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