Understanding the Age of Anger – Review of Pankaj Mishra’s book.

Not the environment for me today but another big theme of our age. This time the story of “extremists” across the world, and a review of a book that our Serious Book Club (HK) has been reading.

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“The state of negative solidarity, as Arendt suspected, has become an   ‘unbearable burden’ provoking ‘political apathy, isolationist nationalism, or  desperate rebellion against all powers that be’. Political and economic life seems to have no remedy for the emotional and psychological disorders it has unleashed”.

To me this book, whatever its flaws, does take us a long way to understand the situation we are now in. And it helps, because rather than creating fear and hostility towards some groups it will help us to a painful understanding.

 

 

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