collapsitarianism

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collapsitarianism (uncountable)

  1. Desire to see, or belief that one will see, a social or economic collapse.
    • 2009, Virginia Heffernan, “Apocalypse Ciao: Let the End Times Roll”, in Mother Jones[1]:
      To its adherents, collapsitarianism suggests a giddy liberation from hope, from futile shoring up of ailing economies like Detroit’s and the Sunbelt’s, from bailouts and stimulus plans and climate change and toxic-asset recovery.
    • 2014, David Tompkins, “Weird Ecology: On The Southern Reach Trilogy”, in Los Angeles Review of Books[2]:
      The Southern Reach books imaginatively figure this contact. The beauty of the books is that they let the other side win. They offer a collapsitarianism in reverse.