Feudal Aristocracy and Barbarians

Joseba Gabilondo, a brilliant (and I mean BRILLIANT) literary critic from the Basque Country published a book in 2019 where he explained that the globalization is bringing back two very medieval phenomena: a supercilious, feudal-type elite (constituted by the global supranational elites) and barbarians who run around trying to destroy the legacy of the Western civilization.

Cue 2020, and we are seeing exactly that. We are also seeing that the feudal aristocracy is skillfully manipulating the barbarians to ensure its power.

10 thoughts on “Feudal Aristocracy and Barbarians”

    1. Look at this quote. Isn’t it really cool:

      “Después de que el neoliberalismo haya erosionado la política, alienado nuestras subjetividades y transformado la realidad, los valores y los conceptos que nos brindó la modernidad se muestran hoy yermos. Las categorías que nos eran familiares no sirven para comprender la actualidad y nuestro papel en ella. ¿Quién estaría dispuesto hoy a morir por el mercado como el soldado hacía por su patria antaño?, ¿quién rendiría tributo al pie del cenotafio del consumidor desconocido?”

      Who’d die for the market like a soldier used to die for his homeland? Who’d bring flowers to the tomb of the unknown consumer?

      Well-put and true.


  1. \ Joseba Gabilondo, a brilliant (and I mean BRILLIANT) literary critic from the Basque Country published a book in 2019

    I tried to google it, but didn’t succeed. Is it in English?

    “Globalizations and the New Middle Age: On the Return of Differences (2015, Unamuno Essay Prize)” is from 2015 according to a website, not 2019.

    Is there an English translation?


        1. I was learning and doing well but then the quarantine hit and I can’t study anymore because I’m never alone. I hope to go back to euskera once the quarantine is lifted.


  2. Sorry to deflate your hopes. No, I’m a teacher-cum-linguist with an interest in minority languages, though I’m fluent in Catalan and not in Basque, unfortunately. As a linguist, however, I’m familiar with euskara since it has quite a few, quite unique linguistic features. Anyway, thank you for such a wonderful recommendation.


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