Understanding Today

An act of resistance in itself is an act of freedom.

Hedges may sound somewhat maudlin, somewhat dark, and with little hope.  Yet, he understands resistance, the how and the why.


We can legitimately call our age of today, The Age of Anger, and we can see this in our social discourse everywhere, in our state to state discourse, in the state of confusion, in major migrations of angry people, in the depth of divisions between rights and lefts, or in the social wars on anything from gender to sex, to politics, to religion to parenting to schooling to our conduct at work or economic conduct.

Pankaj Mishra has a unique focus on the Age of Anger: A History of the Present.

Where did it come from.  How do we find ourselves in this toxic social sphere.  “Age of Anger patiently excavates the thread of anger that connects Italian futurists, modern-day jihadists, 18th-century critics of the Enlightenment and American alt-right activists. Mishra skilfully ties his close reading of philosophical texts and historical anecdotes to a distant reading of current affairs of our day. The result is a history of ideas that reads like a novel. In his previous book, From the Ruins of the Empire, Mishra attempted to give a sweeping history of Asian intellectuals in the crucial moment of their encounter with modernity.”

This is next on my reading list.


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