[Still on a break, but posting occasional thoughts]
Things fall apart, the centre cannot hold…
Perhaps I’m just seeing patterns there that don’t exist, however for some time I’ve been concerned about the increasingly polarised nature of political debate around the globe.
In France, riots in response to austerity measures:
In Greece, riots in response to austerity measures:
In the US, signs the election is getting ugly with Tea Party supporters assaulting a women protestor:
Just one of many reported incidents of violence and intimidation associated with the “teabaggers”.
Troubled politics for a warming planet
Perhaps it’s premature to call it, but I think 2010 is a watershed year.
It is the year when global warming “crisis” made itself felt.
But it’s not just the rise in temperatures we should fear.
This “climate change” crisis is coalescing with other issues: the aftermath of the Global Financial Crises; the war never-ending “war on terror”; growing environmental emergencies (biodiversity loss, ecosystem collapse); the growing disenchantment with major political parties (viz the hung parliaments in Australia and the UK).
Does anyone else feel it?
And what is “it”?
A growing sense of unease?
Like the deep breath before the plunge?
Increasingly, people across this globalised world are feeling the stress and acting out in a variety of ways.
Some are withdrawing from the world.
Others are angry and frightened.
Some want to remake the world.
Others are mourning the loss of our civilisation.
Many have lost faith in the institutions of government, science and the media.