Silicon Valley's sovereign individuals and the rise of occult politics

Weslati, Hager [Speaker] (2018) Silicon Valley's sovereign individuals and the rise of occult politics. In: 15th Annual Historical Materialism Conference 'Taking on the Right'; 08 - 11 November 2018, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Unlike many of his contemporaries, Bensaïd did not believe that philosophical thinking had to be redefined within the horizon of terror (after September 11). He nonetheless considered the normalization of the state of exception as a dangerous development, and a major driving force towards de-secularisation and de-politicisation. This talk looks into parallels and possible links between the recent resurgence of a distinctive brand of populist reason amongst alt-right groups in Europe and North America, and the spread of esoteric occultism and new age spiritualism amongst Silicon Valley’s second generation of tech elites.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Event Title: 15th Annual Historical Materialism Conference 'Taking on the Right'
Organising Body: Historical Materialism in collaboration with the Isaac and Tamara Deutscher Memorial Committee
Research Area: Communication, cultural and media studies
Philosophy
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Kingston School of Art
Depositing User: Hager Weslati
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2018 14:11
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2018 14:11
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/42426

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