Age of Anger: A History of the Present by Pankaj Mishra

By Pankaj Mishra

Considered one of our most vital public intellectuals finds the hidden background of our present international crisis

How do we clarify the origins of the nice wave of paranoid hatreds that appear inescapable in our close-knit world―from American shooters and ISIS to Donald Trump, from an increase in vengeful nationalism the world over to racism and misogyny on social media? In Age of Anger, Pankaj Mishra solutions our bewilderment by means of casting his gaze again to the eighteenth century earlier than major us to the present.

He indicates that because the international grew to become glossy, those that have been not able to take pleasure in its promises―of freedom, balance, and prosperity―were more and more prone to demagogues. the numerous who got here past due to this new world―or have been left, or driven, behind―reacted in horrifyingly related methods: with extreme hatred of invented enemies, makes an attempt to re-create an imaginary golden age, and self-empowerment via outstanding violence. It was once from one of the ranks of the disaffected that the militants of the 19th century arose―angry younger males who turned cultural nationalists in Germany, messianic revolutionaries in Russia, bellicose chauvinists in Italy, and anarchist terrorists internationally.

Today, simply as then, the vast include of mass politics and expertise and the pursuit of wealth and individualism have forged many extra billions adrift in a demoralized international, uprooted from culture yet nonetheless faraway from modernity―with a similar negative results.

Making startling connections and comparisons, Age of Anger is a ebook of giant urgency and profound argument. it's a background of our current main issue not like the other.

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Today’s individuals are directly exposed to them in an age of accelerating competition on uneven playing fields, where it is easy to feel that there is no such thing as either society or state, and that there is only a war of all against all. Their evidently natural rights to life, liberty and security, already challenged by deep-rooted inequality, are threatened by political dysfunction and economic stagnation, and, in places affected by climate change, a scarcity and suffering characteristic of pre-modern economic life.

The author and publisher have provided this e-book to you for your personal use only. You may not make this e-book publicly available in any way. Copyright infringement is against the law. com/piracy. To my sisters, Ritu and Poonam, and their children, Aniruddh, Siddhartha and Sudhanshu Preface I started thinking about this book in 2014 after Indian voters, including my own friends and relatives, elected Hindu supremacists to power, and Islamic State became a magnet for young men and women in Western democracies.

Although my earliest readings were in Indian classical literature and philosophy, and I never cease to marvel at Buddhism’s subtle analysis of human experience, my intellectual formation has been largely European and American. I feel unqualified regard for a figure like Montaigne, who recognized the diversity of human cultures and the acute self-divisions of individual selves, and commended humility, self-restraint and compassion before the intractable facts of human existence. But I find myself drawn most to German, Italian, Eastern European and Russian writers and thinkers.

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