For many years we have wondered what it really was The Matrix and what it meant (WHO). Then, suddenly we saw a political, economic and social paradigm shift, and we realized that the then Wachowskis were sending us a coded message about what was going to happen shortly thereafter, that is, a reset of capitalism. through the fourth industrial revolution driven by a global pandemic. And so, in 2019 the design begins to take shape: we move fromInternet of Things all’ Internet of Bodies and, finally, toInternet of Emotions, where we would like to merge biological, psychic and digital identity into a single entity, as Klaus Schwab has well illustrated in his books (WHO). A world of interconnected minds and bodies.
The last episode of the famous trilogy closed with an alliance between humanity and machines (transhumanism?) Reached with the sacrifice of Neo and Trinity, an alliance, which, in The Matrix Resurrections. Return to the source, seems to have failed.
The old version of the Matrix has been updated and the old program of man’s submission to the system of machines governed by the Analyst has been resumed. While one part of humanity is intent on freeing the slave minds of the system, the other has fallen asleep, has succumbed to the good life, in the illusion that everything continues to go as it always has. The two protagonists of the revolution are also reintroduced into the Matrix and reprogrammed.
Their life slips on the thread of nonsense, where reality is intimately mixed with augmented virtuality until they no longer perceive the difference between what is real and what is not, and no longer have any chance or freedom. Their memory and identity become the subject of a video game (Matrix 4) and any past life reminiscence is the symptom of a mental disorder, until a small group of resistance helps Neo and Trinity get out of the Matrix, creating such an imbalance in the system to make it return to the previous version, where the protagonists regain control over the system. But what is the Matrix really? It is the director himself who provides us with the key to reading the entire Quadrilogy, through his characters.
What is the Matrix? It is control. Matrix is a virtual world elaborated on the computer, created to keep us under control, in order to convert the human being into this [batteria]. (Morpheus, The Matrix, 1999)
Obviously the Matrix is about transpolitics. Crypto-fascism. It is a metaphor for capitalist exploitation. This [Matrix 4] it can’t be another reboot, rebuilt, regurgitated …
Why not? Reboots sell …
We’re so deep in the wrong rabbit hole here … We need a new bullet-time … We need to revolutionize the game again … (Matrix Resurrections. Return to the source, 2021)
The Matrix is the expression of a world surveillance state designed and (partially) implemented to reset the old capitalist system and initiate a new international order under the banner of the fourth industrial revolution. Not surprisingly, in the definition of Matrix 4, we find concepts that sound very familiar today: transpolitics, cryptofascism and capitalist exploitation.
Per transpolitics we mean the convergence of the various parties towards common ideals and policies. There is no longer a right and a left, but a flattening of ideologies and the enslavement of the political class to the interests of the power centers that have structured the Matrix and that control humanity (explicit is the reference to some multinationals, such as Warner Bros or Wikipedia, Facebook, Zuckenberg).
We had grace. We had style! We had conversations! Not this… Art, cinema, books were all better! Originality mattered! You gave us “Face-Zucker-suck” and “Cock-me-climate Wiki-piss-and-shit”! (The Merovingian, The Matrix Resurrections. Return to the source, 2021)
crypto-fascism it is perhaps the most apt definition of totalitarian democracy. It consists in the establishment of a totalitarian regime under the false guise of democracy. Capitalist exploitation: the unstoppable process of accumulation of capital which, in order to continue to survive, needs to plunder the wealth of peoples, establishing total control and eroding fundamental rights (WHO e WHO). But how did all this come about? Why has so much of humanity given up and no longer fights for freedom and for their rights?
The flock is not going anywhere. They like my world [Matrix]. They don’t want this sentimentality. They don’t want freedom or power. They want to be controlled. They crave the comfort of certainty. (The Analyst, The Matrix Resurrections. Return to the source, 2021)
The film closes with Neo and Trinity’s stated intentions to reform the system, “reminding people of what a free mind can do.” Who are Neo and Trinity? We could think of a new democracy centered on the pillars of three powers independent legislative, executive and judicial, disconnected from any subjection to the strong powers.
The words Keynes uttered on 9 February 1926 at the Manchester Reform Club come to mind:
The political problem of humanity is to be able to combine three things: economic efficiency, social justice and individual freedom. The first needs critical sense, precaution and technical knowledge; the second of a disinterested and enthusiastic spirit who loves the common man; the third tolerance, broad-mindedness, appreciation of the values of excellence, diversity and independence, and that it prefers, above all, to offer opportunities without any hindrance to the extraordinary and ambitious. The second ingredient is the main good of the great party of the proletariat. But the first and the third require the qualities of a party which, due to its traditions and ancient sympathies, has been the home of economic individualism and social freedom.
There is still a lack of a ruling class made up of prepared, honest and courageous people who, due to their traditions and ancient sympathies, are able to reconcile economic individualism with social freedom, without forgetting the roots of Western philosophical thought and the value of freedom. acquired over centuries of struggles. But to restore the foundations of the law, perhaps, will still take a lot of time and work.
 Keynes, J. M., “Liberalism and Labour”, in Essays in Persuasion, Palgrave Macmillan, London, 2010, p. 311.