Pankaj Mishra may well be the right person who might set the wheels in motion
Source: Welcome to the age of Anger ( article - The Guardian)
The insurgencies of our time, including Brexit and the rise of the European far right, have many local causes – ...
but it is not an accident that demagoguery appears to be rising around the world.
Savage violence has erupted in recent years across a broad swath of territory: wars in ....
The conflicts, not confined to fixed battlefields, feel endemic (+++ years?)and uncontrollable.
Hate-mongering against immigrants and minorities has gone mainstream;
figures foaming at the mouth with loathing and malice are ubiquitous on old and new media alike.
There is much dispute about the causes of this global disorder.
Many observers have characterised it as a backlash against an out-of-touch establishment, explaining Trump’s victory in a handful of ways:
– in the words of French economist Thomas Piketty – “primarily due to the explosion in economic and geographic inequality in the United States”
The Nobel prize-winning economist Paul Krugman admitted: “people like me – and probably like most readers of the New York Times – truly didn’t understand the country we live in”.
Here, Indian author Pankaj Mishra argues that we need to look again at the ideals that underpin democracy.
Why are people so angry? Blame modernity
In Age of Anger, published in early 2017, Pankaj Mishra answers our bewilderment by casting his gaze back to the eighteenth century, before leading us to the present.
TASK- READ the short comments on his book and select four for next day. Below, my pick: