ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7 Blesok no. 09 | volume II | June-July, 1999
Blesok no. 09,
The Neanderthal's Whistle
While Ideologues preach once again that History is over, looking at its beginnings might prove useful.
The whistle that was found at the prehistoric (excavation) site near Idrija doesn’t attract the attention it truly deserves. If it really is a whistle and if it really belonged to a Neanderthal, this finding has metaphysical dimensions. Depending of course on the Metaphysics one chooses to use. After Durkheim it has become well known that through totemisms, religions and metaphysics we really seek to regulate our social functions, so no one should look for truth and falsehood in metaphysical debates. Our attention should be focused on its practical effects instead. If we won’t produce any, others will test them on us.
Fukuyama’s End of History lays heavily on the public spirit in its present state of neo-liberal occupation. Derrida has demasked him as a late disciple of Alexander Kojev, which certainly has its consequences considering Kojev served in some highly placed offices in European Integrations in his old age, while in his youth he declared himself a conservative/right-wing marxist. In those times he also believed that Hegel should only be corrected on a single point: Hegel thought he had seen the spirit of the world (world spirit) riding on horseback in the image of Napoleon, while Kojev insisted that it was actually Josif Stalin. Later Fukuyama was convinced that the End of the World had actually happened in Japan. These actually fit together pretty well: stalinism in its present state can be observed on CNN every day, while japanisation has revealed itself to be a progressive phase in the development of capitalism – with the remark, of course, that racial differences still successfully mask the maneuvers of class struggle. While Ideologues preach once again that History is over, looking at its beginnings might prove useful.
We could take the metaphysical basis from Geogre Bataille, Kojev’s colleague and negative Hegelian. He was also attracted to the Neanderthal – he wanted to find out why the Cromagnon had driven him out. So, in a darwinistic way, he asked himself what advantages Cromagnons must have had. The Neanderthal knew about fire and was a “tool-making animal” like Men. Neanderthals buried their dead and were familiar with the symbolic register – again no advantage for Men. For Bataille, one goes along with the other: whoever works gets in contact with death, for death abruptly terminates the hardships of labor. And
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