Sunday, July 3, 2016

Capitalism is failing

The red flags and marching songs of Syriza during the Greek crisis, plus the expectation that the banks would be nationalised, revived briefly a 20th-century dream: the forced destruction of the market from above. For much of the 20th century this was how the left conceived the first stage of an economy beyond capitalism. The force would be applied by the working class, either at the ballot box or on the barricades. The lever would be the state. The opportunity would come through frequent episodes of economic collapse.
Instead over the past 25 years it has been the left’s project that has collapsed. The market destroyed the plan; individualism replaced collectivism and solidarity; the hugely expanded workforce of the world looks like a “proletariat”, but no longer thinks or behaves as it once did.
If you lived through all this, and disliked capitalism, it was traumatic. But in the process technology has created a new route out, which the remnants of the old left – and all other forces influenced by it – have either to embrace or die. Capitalism, it turns out, will not be abolished by forced-march techniques. It will be abolished by creating something more dynamic that exists, at first, almost unseen within the old system, but which will break through, reshaping the economy around new values and behaviours. I call this postcapitalism.

The Myth of Cosmopolitanism

NOW that populist rebellions are taking Britain out of the European Union and the Republican Party out of contention for the presidency, perhaps we should speak no more of left and right, liberals and conservatives. From now on the great political battles will be fought between nationalists and internationalists, nativists and globalists. From now on the loyalties that matter will be narrowly tribal — Make America Great Again, this blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England — or multicultural and cosmopolitan.
Well, maybe. But describing the division this way has one great flaw. It gives the elite side of the debate (the side that does most of the describing) too much credit for being truly cosmopolitan.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

جيل مضروب

برغم براعة الكاتب في تشريح المشكلة ، إلا أنني أختلف معه في أن الأمر ليس متعلقاً بالتبذير أو الثراء ، بل   بالأفكار الفاسدة حول التربية الحديثة.. لقد بدأ الأمر منذ السبعينات ، إثر نكسة الأيام الست ، التي جلبت الى العرب التشكيك في كل مقدراتهم وثقافتهم وهوياتهم ، وطفق أرباب صنعة الكلام من الصحافيين والكتاب في التغني بالتجارب الغربية ومدي براعتها في خلق أجيال جديدة .. أدى هذا إلى أن يعمد الأباء والأمهات إلى أساليب تربوية أكثر ديمقراطية وأقل عنفاً ، ونشأ على هذا جيل الأكس ، وبهم عند تمام الدورة الديموجرافية ، نشأ جيل الملينيا على نحو متسيب أكثر منه حراً ، وديماجوجياً أكثر منه براجماتياً 
المشكلة صارت بلا حل ، تشمل كافة طبقات المجتمع وكافة شرائحه ، ولعلها أكثر وضوحاً لدى النقيضين ، الأكثر ثراءاً والأكثر فقراً ، وسوف يتطلب الأمر أكثر من النقاش والدعاء بأن يصرف الله السوء والخطر