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Age of Anger

Pankaj Mishra

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Age Of Anger examines how many people nowadays feel that anger at the world is their only option, the series of events that got us to this point, and how we might stand a chance of making things better.

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Age of Anger

Age of Anger

by Pankaj Mishra

Overview

You don't have to look very hard in today's world to realize a lot of people today are just angry. They're mad about politics, their own life situations, or other groups with different beliefs, among many other things. And the more they feel like no one hears them, the worse their mindset becomes. This anger is increasingly showing itself in the forms of racism, nationalism, and misogyny. But why are people so mad? When and where did this begin? And what does our increasingly globalized world have to do with it? If we all look a little bit closer, we can see that it didn't just appear out of nowhere. In fact, there have been many signs in the past few hundred years that foreshadowed we would one day come to this.

In Age of Anger: A History of the Present Pankaj Mishra gives his take on how we arrived here. He traces our feelings of disaffection, disillusionment, and disappointment back to the way our ideas have changed since the 18th century Enlightenment. He also explores ways we can improve the situation we are in, making it a timely and vital discussion.

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It has become clearer that the schemes of human expansion and fulfilment offered by the left or right rarely consider constraining factors as finite geographical space, degradable natural resources, and fragile ecosystems.

- Pankaj Mishra

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