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'Le Festin Des Dinosaures' exhibition at 'Le grand Palais', in Paris First half of 2015 – Oil, the Middle East, Charlie Hebdo… Last resilience tests of the Western “model”: commit suicide or adapt

In the absence of a Europe able to indicate the true ways of the future[1], the « world before »[2] is hardening, locked into its “serious thinking” ideologies (ideologies are always “serious thinking”, moreover) and repeat the recipes of the past ad nauseam. In doing so, the “world afterwards” is finding itself transformed: it will be less multi-polar, more Chinese, and the part that will be the West, will be visibly reduced… In fact, it’s not a Faustian[3] bargain that is sought; but it’s really its soul that the West is in the process of losing, in its fantasy of immortality. The secret of resilience[4], however, lays in the ability to adapt; but, to understand that, it still necessary to have assimilated Darwin’s[5] theory of evolution and to have stopped believing in creationism[6].

In this first quarter of 2015, the « world before » and the « world afterwards”, instead of passing from one to the other, will coexist in a monstrous temporal overlap. It’s that, rather than save itself, the West seems to have decided to save the mechanisms and players of its omni-dimensional crisis: financial markets, banks, the Dollar, NATO, unilateralism, ultra-liberal democratism, etc. However, a new system is emerging (China, the BRICS, a new Europe, the Internet) which is going to count in the management of these huge problems, this first quarter of 2015. The outcome of this struggle will determine the nature of the second quarter: the beginning of “the world before’s” adaption to 21st-century realities or the destruction of all the systems malfunctions (a totalitarian development), eventually creating (maximum five years) the conditions for a violent disappearance by collective suicide which Europeans well know what it means.

For the public part of this GEAB’s issue, our team chose to present the chapter speaking about the “Charlie Hebdo” case.

To be and not to be Charlie

Our team had anticipated that the explosion of tensions in the Middle East would have a rapid impact on European societies, bringing great risks to our democracies[7].

The European crisis, as we have often said, well beyond the intrinsic value of the individuals who compose it, has revealed a structural weakness in the European political system technically disconnected from its citizens. The great fear that Europe had in 2014 of going to war with a neighbour led, in 2015, to a real return of politics: we saw a Juncker Commission that decided to legitimize its political decisions, national governments finally aware of the need for political union, highly mobilized citizens.

All this would be rather reassuring if conditions had stabilized. But this is not the case since Europe is preparing to sustain a series of shocks associated with terrorist activities that are sure to be perpetrated by individuals or groups of individuals living in Europe but poorly integrated and connected to the terrible developments that the Middle East is currently experiencing. Now, in such a context, the return of politics can take an undesirable shape.

The year has quickly brought itself up to date with this bloody attack against the employees of the French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, and the murderous chase which followed. Obviously, the event is an opportunity to usher in a racist outbreak in France, but ... Read