I have always been in awe of Postmodernism in my teens. Mostly because it was the style in vogue. I never really knew what “modern” in post-modern referred to though. That is until I read CJC’s library copy of David Harvey’s Condition of Postmodernity.

Harvey, whose audio guide to reading Marx’s Capital (Chapter 3) has been repeatedly played by this author in his cellphone, is a Marxist geographer. He is a well known critic and intellectual against Capitalism particularly in its neoliberal form.

As a naturally cynical human being I reserve scorn and jest for people absolutely implacable in their faith. There is no place for improvable dogma. Everything must have provable premises. Which is why absolute faith is a dodgy thing for a rebel like me.

One of the most fascinating arguments posited by Harvey, is the transition from utopian schemes of the Enlightenment period to the skepticism and horrors of the 20th century. How can after all a civilization that strives and prides itself on material wealth be so blind to barbarisms? How can it justify the violence of “creative destruction” to create a questionable vision of heaven?

With the world reeling from the tremors of Hiroshima and Auschwitz, a great feeling of anxiety naturally pumped into creative thought. The cultural arena acting as a reflex of the material and political world then reflected the pessimistic moods of the time. The ideological precursor of Phil Star writer Jessica Zafra and the Twisted Series.


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