Noam Chomsky, the world's leading critic of US foreign policy. We need to take our politics public and take on the whole culture of cynical defeatism. Divided into three parts, it begins with Chomskys razor sharp analysis of neoliberalism, imperialism, the EU, the role of religion in politics, and class polarization. From meditations on human nature to strategic advice for the Trump era, Chomsky remains the thinker who shaped a generation, a beacon of hope in the darkest of times." Sarah Jaffe, Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt, this book of interviews with Noam Chomsky. Unthinking optimism it'll all work out in the end is as much an excuse for inaction as unthinking pessimism we're all doomed. The full package is simply exhilarating, especially in our current dismal era of Donald Trump. Read more, premium Digital Print, fT Newspaper delivered daily plus unlimited digital access. Strictly, the word comes from greek, "relating to fact but it gets a bad rap for sounding cowardly, visionless, when, by this dictionary, it's "dealing with things sensibly and realistically in a way that is based on practical rather than theoretical considerations" - we've got. Eeyore were running the public debate.
We can freely admit the profound difficulty of the work yet to be done, even the possibility of total failure. All the benefits of Premium plus: The FT delivered to your home or office Monday to Saturday, including the FT Weekend paper and supplements. I've long believed that in a cynical, hardened world, keeping one's optimism alive is a radical act. I've been frightened it's generating self-fulfilling prophecies.
We need to figure out how best to transform the systems we've built. Some of struggles of African American it is the cynicism of disappointed idealists, folks who've seen so much of the underside of human nature that they've abandoned hope. It is a long-standing political art to sow the seeds of mistrust between those you would rule over: as Machiavelli said, tyrants do not care if they are hated, so long as those under them do not love one another. I cannot imagine a better primer for anyone seeking a better, safer, fairer future. Can we see reasons for grounded optimism in these soft technologies - that we as activists are actually maturing.