With the neologism futuritis, we wish to denote a disease of the future – a disease whose development process begins with a deficiency, followed by an eruption and ending with high fever.
Future deficiency in the 2000s: The Internet was already here, as well as supranational levels of governance to be completed (the EU in particular). However, it had to be admitted that the West was broke of any vision, project, or perspective: blindness to the need for change; refusal by the systems in place to question themselves; elites, for whom the changing realities of the world were at best a source of contradiction, clinging to their cherished notions.
Eruption of multiple conceptions of the future in the 2010s: But things have changed a lot since then. In the past ten years, we have witnessed an equally pathological explosion of ideas concerning the future, with everyone putting forward their own predictions, innovations, projects and visions of the future, imagining the future as virgin soil, open solely to their will. In a world that is physically crowded, the future appeared as the only terra incognita open to adventurers, who are still rushing into it in great disarray. Unfortunately, the future is as crowded as the present and, without a reliable map of its harsh realities, a great pile-up of future scenarios results, perfectly manifested in today’s political and geopolitical tensions.
High fever from 2020 onwards: We are now entering the third phase of this social pathology: an outbreak of fever that consists of a vast “simplifying clean up” of the future that we believe has all the hallmarks of totalitarianism. Read more on GEAB website: Decade 2020 – “Futuritis”: From a crisis of the future to totalitarianism
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GEAB 142 – 15 Feb 2020 The monthly bulletin of LEAP (European Laboratory of Political Anticipation)
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