Keeping open the end of history: a note contra Habermas

On the one hand we need with each breath culture that “happiness” (ataraxia if not eudaimonia) wherein and whereby the real possibility of a modicum of Gelassenheit and hope (if not faith) might be preserved; while, on the other, we need each moment maintain that vigilant, critical negativity that keeps us from falling under the (apparent) tyranny of the real, as Habermas does in an interview from around 2001:
As the Pol Pot regime in Cambodia, the “Shining Path” in Peru, or the dictatorship of impoverishment in North Korea all illustrate, there is no reasonable exit-option left to us from a capitalist world society today, after the failed experiment of Soviet Communism.

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