January 02, 2016

Failure of elites

Finally, a nice clear statement of the problem, via Pankaj Mishra of The Guardian:
The modern west has been admirably different from other civilisations in its ability to counterbalance the arrogance of power with recognition of its excesses. Now, however, it is not only the bankers who radically expand our notion of impunity. Their chums in politics and the media coax, with criminal irresponsibility, the public into deeper fear and insecurity – and into blaming their overall plight on various enemies (immigrants, budding terrorists in Calais’s jungle, an un-American alien in the White House, Muslims and darkies in general). 

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1 Comments:

Blogger Laird of Madrona said...

I'm reading Judt's Post War right now. So far, it's terrific.

January 3, 2016 at 7:19 PM  

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