We will glorify war – the world’s only hygiene.
“Futurist Manifesto” (1909)
Marinetti called war “the world’s only hygiene” back in 1909, an image that perfectly calls to mind the infectious filth of liberal democracy covering the body of human society like diseased grime. Yet has any such ablution been truly effective in the century since? Or has one war after another after another only made the world more cluttered, the social body more infirm, the ground of human history more barren and polluted? If war as we know it is hygiene, than it seems best to stay filthy. When the cure seems worse than the disease, perhaps it is time for a glass of wine and a nap.