The age of anger a history of the present by pankaj mishra traces the current unrest in the world to a nietzschean ressentiment the morality of the defeated which gets twisted into a destructive transformative force that he thinks has been festering since many countries moved to an industrialized economy. Mishras new book age of anger is a history of the present a diagnosis that traces the violence of today to patterns set down in 18th century france and then repeated around the world as peoples deal with modernization and the loss of tradition the outlines of this diagnosis were sketched by jean jacques rousseau in the decades just . In age of anger a history of the present pankaj mishra offers a panoramic survey of the populist wind roiling the world and a genealogy of the ressentiment propelling it lucid incisive and provocative the book may be the most ambitious effort yet to diagnose our social condition with erudition and insight it explains why movements from . pankaj mishra age of anger a history of the present 0 likes like the united states the spanish american writer george santayana wrote has always thought itself in an eminent sense the land of freedom even when it was covered with slaves santayana had watched from his perch at harvard university as commerce industrialization and imperialism turned post civil war america . Age of anger is the tale of historys winners and their illusions looking at how people have viewed history post 1945 as a narrative of progress only to find themselves unable to fulfil the promises freedom stability and prosperity of a globalized economy and so become increasingly susceptible to demagogues and their
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