Anna Sopova and Antanas Jatsinevichys
(fo)rest (2019): In terms of the psychopolitical theory of reality that deals with political science and history through psychopathology*, "depression is the most important part of contemporary mood policy. Its mass spread is associated with the absence of a collective "vision of the future", with the "end of utopias", as well as with the work of a state and capitalism, which is aimed to instill the idea that the current order is unchangeable, and any "fantasies of socialist utopianism" is only harmful". At the same time, the endless measurement of work productivity and efficiency by the modern system, along with the requirements to be active and creative 24 hours a day, are penetrating into all social relations and fields of activity. Quantitative and qualitative measurements form our modern socio-cultural reality, the continuous race of earning status. Failure to comply to the conditions of effectiveness in endless hurry and competition, one way or another, leads to frustration, a sense of worthlessness and, as a result, neurosis, insomnia, and sluggish depressive phases. In order to critically rethink the contemporary reality of neoliberal politics, one can practice to form aforementioned utopian constructions, or to produce evanescent communities, aimed at the repetition of the logic of a communicative construct without a final task. It may lead oftentimes to the fading of protest potential and partial reproduction of the existing political regime through the form of a fictitious idea of the allegedly continuous change and transformation of social reality for the better. What if we suppose that the answer to such situation in the policy of market and social relations could be the practice of slowing down and rest, aimed at the rejection of regular production and consumption? Then, the indemnity of lost sleep could become a procedure of returning to an adequate perception of reality and to the process of accumulation of energy resources.
* Harold Dwight Lasswell – political scientist and theorist, author of Psychopathology and Politics
** Mikhail Kurtov