|By Frank Ruda|
|Issue 1||September 24, 2020||Download PDF|
This bad system has now issued in such a pompous display of power and such a terrible tyranny that […] the knowledge […] of liberty […] has utterly perished….
— M. Luther
I am worst at what I do best.
— Nirvana, “Smells like Teen Spirit”
In capitalism I am enslaved precisely when I “feel free.”
— S. Žižek
The present texts will address some of the intricate issues that were raised in response to Abolishing Freedom. Unfortunately, the reader has to suffer through a rather longish introductory detour that will set the stage and provide the whole discussion with some additional gun powder. This gun powder production will be realized by recourse to a position that allows me to articulate the precise contours of the fatalist position that I defend in a more nuanced manner. I foresee this won’t end well and will introduce problems that will be far worse for me than the ones I tried to solve. But, well, what else could have been expected. Worstward, ho!
 Martin Luther, “Concerning Christian Liberty”; https://www.gutenberg.org/files/1911/1911-h/1911-h.htm (accessed April 2020).
 Slavoj Žižek, Like a Thief in Broad Daylight: Power in the Era of Post-Human Capitalism (London: Allen Lane, 2018), 239.
 These responses were published in: Provocations 1 (2016-2017). I am truly grateful to Andrew Cutrofello, Andrew Pendakis, Mark Pingree, Aaron Schuster, and Alenka Zupančič for their replies. I will try and limit the injustice I will do to their texts in my fully one-sided and partially ignorant reconstructions to a maximal minimum. I do also sincerely thank Nathan Gorelick, Marco Abel, and Roland Végső for their not endless but truly infinite patience with me.
 The worst is a fundamentum inconcussum because it is the concussion of every fundament (potentially even of itself); it is a fundament in-concussion.