links for 2010-10-26

October 27, 2010
  • <blockquote><p>"For 30 years," Judt writes, "we have made a virtue out of the pursuit of material self-interest. … The materialistic and selfish quality of contemporary life is not inherent in the human condition. Much of what appears 'natural' today dates from the 1980s: the obsession with wealth-creation, the cult of privatization and the private sector, the growing disparities [between] rich and poor. And above all, the rhetoric which accompanies these: uncritical admiration for unfettered markets, disdain for the public sector, the delusion of endless growth."
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    Judt says he wrote the book to help young people make sense of the many changes in the world.
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    "It's about not forgetting the past. About having the courage to look at the present and see its faults without walking away in disgust or skepticism. … I do think we're on the edge of a terrifying world, and that many young people know that but don't know how to talk about it."</blockquote>
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