Vesna Stanković Pejnović



Institute for Political Studies



Faculty of Philosophy, Zagreb University



Faculty of Philosophy, Zagreb University


Faculty of Philosophy, Zagreb University



Vesna Stanković Pejnović is the Research Associate of the Institute for Political Studies. Author of several academic papers, as well as the book: “Lavirinti moći – politička filozofija Fridriha Ničea” (Labyrinths of Power – Political Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzche) (Mediteran, 2014). Mentor in PhD studies of the Faculty of Philosophy, Zagreb University. Member of the editorial board of the journal International Law Review - Canadian Center of Science and Education, and several other international publications.


Friedrich Nietzsche and Max Scheler perceive the spirit of their time and its deep social and spiritual crisis of Western civilization, emphasizing that the loss of common values ​​and landmarks in social life led to ressentiment alienation, meaninglessness, pessimism, despair, decadence, decay, nihilism. In the paper, by method of comparative analysis, it is presented Nietzsche's and Scheler's perspectives of perceiving the crisis of the spirit of modern civilization and their proposals to overcome it. Both authors see the foundation of the crisis in the loss of meaning, the rise of nihilism and the wrong values ​​that society promotes, as a consequence of resentment. Scheler emphasizes the importance and power of the "world of life". Scheler opposes the decadence of modern civilization by rehabilitating and reaffirming the absolute and eternal order of values, and resentment represents the destruction of the eternal order of values ​​in human consciousness. Nietzsche's overcoming of resentment seeks to be achieved through the "affirmation of life", the will to power that the subject lacks. Power determines human behavior as the main feature of Nietzsche's affirmative ethics, so contrary to nihilism, as the spirit of the times. For Nietzsche, the unstoppable decline in the modern period is the result of nihilism, which he explains as a lack of goal or intention. All values ​​lack the will to power because the values ​​of decay rule, nihilistic values. In order to overcome the crisis, political reforms must be accompanied by cultural reforms and changes that would be carried out by philosophers-legislators by giving new guidelines and establishing new values ​​as guiding principles of man. By depriving the strong and the aristocratic of their right to domination and revenge, ressentiment has become an extremely effective weapon in the hands of the weakling. For Nietzsche, ressentiment is the father of Christianity. Grown out of a destructive source, it has become a major creative cultural force in the shape of Christianity and its offspring. Ressentiment is definitely a dominant factor in our culture. Born out of the Christian attack on violence, it became the father of modern Western society. Friedrich Nietzsche and Max Scheler defined ressentiment as a form of political anger that does not seek a clear remedy. It is this particular conception of irremediable political discontent that appears. Nietzsche and Scheler originally conceived ressentiment as a critique of the striving towards egalitarianism. Scheler sought to discover how to save man from the crisis of civilization, opposing all the false teachings about salvation that do not solve the crisis, but deepen it. The solutions he proposes are the rise of heroism and spirit in the war and the reintegrated national community, as in the days before and at the beginning of the First World War; affirmation of individual spiritual personalities and their solidarity under the auspices of the Church, as in the period from the second half of the war to the beginning of the 1920s; or the creation of a liberal elite of education that will unite science with (rational) metaphysics, in the last period. Nietzsche strives for self-transcendence and the establishment of a hierarchy in society according to the greatness of humanity itself as a need for the policy of salvation in the age of nihilism, which will be led by the superman. Nietzsche longs for a new humanity that would be just an expression of the nihilistic conditions he wants to overcome. Undisguised is his dissatisfaction with the present man whom he identifies with the resentment towards life. Because of the crisis of authority, and in search of a dead God, humanity needs new idols or ideas, which will be the new metaphysical foundations of morality. It is essential, for a modern man to find himself, while at the same time showing that it is necessary to establish new legislation. The paper concludes that the causes of the crisis of modern civilization are found in the "inverted values" of the lower class according to Scheler and slavish morality with values ​​that lack the will to power in Nietzsche.


The age of surveillance capitalism: the fight for a human future at the new frontier of power

Book review: Shoshana Zuboff. 2018. The age of surveillance capitalism: the fight for a human future at the new frontier of power. New York: PublicAffairs, 704 str.



We are faced with biocontrol of the whole society imposed by the invisible centers of power which, through networked activities through various but connected organizations, want to unite their activities globally under the pretext that the world is not prepared for the coming threats, one of which is an epidemic. "Life as a political object" is turned towards the controls that are exercised over it, in the name of the 'right' to life, body, health, security. Contemporary politics is bio politics as a power that regulates social life from within it as a control covering all the depths of consciousness and the body of the population. By attacking both one’s biological body and one’s “social body”, the individual's psyche is strained to the point of disconnection. We are in the fight against the "invisible enemy" who is omnipresent and unknown with the following fear. This planned pandemic shows that we are in the process of social engineering as sort of biological and psychological war. In biopower we are following the narrative to coarse into compliance, painful to resist, so we eventually compromise with the different “measures” of “new normal”, which have elements of torture. According to Mike Pompeo, The Secretary of State, COVID 19 is a “live exercise” оr some kind of “gaming scenarios”, and it comes as a tremendous cost both to humanity and the economy. We are facing a new global technotronic age in which supranational and multinational companies are a kind of global invisible rulers. The paper will show, with a theoretical approach that the foundations of biopower are fear, insecurity, and panic. The emphasized fear of the invisible enemy is supported by scientists and harmonized with media exposing with different and contradictory information. Fear is spreading due to the depressiveness of power and is related to biopower, which is aimed at the good of the population, and is visible in the action of power exercised by networked centers of "global government" as advocates of private-public partnership. The presented documents show the action of biopolitics as a planned scenario and the network action of "soft, invisible power" which acts globally, and in the financial background are private foundations. In whole this constellation, the appearance of the “conspiracy theories” as “unofficial” and “deprived knowledges” is imminently and provocably present evident nowadays.



Book review: Kissinger, Henry. 2015. Svjetski poredak. Zagreb: Školska knjiga. 366 str.



Although they differ in approach, it is fundamental that both Marx and Nietzsche simply want to encourage and empower humanity to stand up and fight for themselves and the world around them. The aim of the paper is to show that Marx and Nietzsche, thinkers who aspire to overcome the epoch, through a revolution of thought that rebels against the estranged man who, in our post human age, became a man-made cripple who is only a hired labor, and himself became a slave. Marx and Nietzsche are thinkers who point out that it is only through a revolutionary turn in the essence of the world and human reasoning is possible to open up opportunities for being human. Marx and Nietzsche advocate the fight against the world of alienated man, for the world of true freedom, led by a working, creative man who changes and overcomes circumstances. According to Marx and Nietzsche, from the “realm of necessity” to the true “realm of freedom” comes through revolution – the epochal, radical turns of existing alienated, inhumane reality into a new human, meaningful reality that will be free from the contradictions (economic and ideological) of the “old world” and be a possible space for the full development of universal human creative potentials. Nietzsche’s primary political goal is to perfect or excel in man himself. According to Marx, capitalist society does not provide an opportunity for the development of a free in alienate man who will live by his own, authentic existence, but constantly alienates man from himself and nature, turning man into a slave, and nature into destruction. The alienation of man from himself Marx and Nietzsche stand out especially in their understanding of religion. According to Mars and Nietzsche, religion is a perverted consciousness that alienates man from himself. Marx criticizes Christianity as a religion of the hopeless. They despise Christian ideals because they are blind to the reality of life. To the Christian notion of creation, Nietzsche contrasts the new notion of the creation of man, which is formed through the will to power which in man creates through him, as a being in which the will relates to itself and is thus transcended. Through a comparative analysis of Marx and Nietzsche’s thinking, the paper will point to the reasons for alienating man as a creative human being and the alienated being of the nihilistic epoch.



The relationship between totalitarian propaganda and new media testifies to the double bond between technology and social rule and technosphere and total control. Speaking about the new totalitarianism, the emphasis is not placed in the way of political rule “the people”, rather than a radical change of the system of power over life of individual and mass. An important role in shaping of the media is based on the logic of universal transmedial irrational rationality order because neoliberal capitalism has no center and visible entities total economic powers that are invisible in complete transparency as a real illusion of new media. The task of a mass media is neutralize lived, unique, of event and character of the world and in its place set up a complex universe of media which are homogeneous to one another as such , pointing at each other. They become reciprocal content to each other and that is totalitarian “message” consumer society. Instead means of information and communication medial reality becomes a means or purpose of social cultural survival and hyper accumulating capital. Totalitarianism is ideological – political term that encompasses all sectors of life and overall has complete control. Total supervision or control is synonymous with capitalist globalization. Totalitarianism sources of information are focused to provide solutions to the formula suggested by the audience. The entirety of information presented shall be made public if the narrative about the lack of choice or no alternative, apparent manipulation brought to grotesque degree. To a large extent, the present abuses of emotions as critical awareness replace emotional impulses clearing the way for the unconscious. Through the media increasingly overcome growing manipulation of consciousness, as a means of absolute control and power with a vast amount of “professional” guided mass and narrow elitist minority that decides everything. In a totalitarian view of the state, culture becomes an ideological means or purpose of governing the masses based media constructions of reality and shaping the man as a “lonely crowd” with the ultimate goal of creating a “new world totalitarian order”.