2016 was a terrible year… the beginning of a long decline? 2016 was a rough year, but [it might be]… the beginning of the end [of a long decline]… we’ve been 40 years enduring a process of de-civilisation…
This de-civilisation grew out of an ideology which… championed “righteous selfishness…” this unrestrained individualism has [produced] huge wealth inequalities [which] make a mockery of democracy.
Last year people started waking up… [many] grabbed the nearest Trump-like object… Meanwhile there’s been a quieter but equally powerful stirring: people are rethinking democracy [and] society… what we need to make them work… most importantly [people are] thinking out loud, together…
This… will involve engagement: not just tweets [etc.], but thoughtful, creative social and political action. It will involve realising that… If we want good reporting and analysis, we’ll have to pay for it… if we want thoughtful politicians, we should stop supporting merely charismatic ones.
Inequality eats away at the heart of a society, breeding disdain, resentment, envy, suspicion, bullying, arrogance and callousness. If we want any decent kind of future we have to push away from that, and I think we’re starting to.
There’s so much to do, so many possibilities. 2017 should be a surprising year.
This Saturday (28/1, 10am), Conway Hall, London, Brian Eno, myself and others will launch DiEM25 UK.
Join us in a three hour event to discuss taking our countries back on the basis of a progressive agenda. Here is a teaser of what Brian wants to talk about.
by Brian Eno
The consensus among most of my friends seems to be that 2016 was a terrible year, and the beginning of a long decline into something we don’t even want to imagine.
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