George Monbiot: Alienation, Environmental Breakdown and the Search for a New Progressive Narrative
In this video founder of Kontext TV-, Fabian Scheidler, interviews, George Monbiot, columnist with the Guardian and author of Heat: How to Stop the Planet Burningand Out of the Wreckage. A New Politics for an Age of Crisis.
VIDEO: “We Are Pushed into Loneliness by an Alienating Economic System” / The Resurgence of Fascism: a Response to the Neoliberal Atomization of Society
Loneliness has become a genuine epidemic, not only among elderly people, but in all generations – an affliction responsible for grave mental and physical diseases. This epidemic is caused, according to George Monbiot, by a neoliberal economy and ideology which claims that people are greedy selfish creatures competing in a „war of all against all“. Social psychology, anthropology and evolutionary biology, however, tell us that the key values of human beings are a sense of community and altruism. The atomization of society is also creating the conditions for the resurgence of right-wing and fascist demagogues who promise community and coherence to people who feel disenfrachised, dispossessed and alienated.
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