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Pankaj Mishra

Age of Anger

Festival of Ideas/
Mon 20 February 2017

Pankaj Mishra

Age of Anger

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Mon 20 February 2017,

This FREE event is now fully booked. If you have a ticket you no longer need, please let us know so we can offer it to the waiting list. On the night, you are welcome to queue for empty seats. We will admit anyone waiting on a first come, first serve basis into any empty seat 5 minutes before the start of the event. 

Modernity, secularism, development and progress have long been viewed by the powerful few as benign ideals for the many. Today, however, botched experiments in nation-building, democracy, industrialisation and urbanisation visibly scar much of the world. As the world became modern those who were unable to fulfil its promises – freedom, stability and prosperity – were increasingly susceptible to demagogues. The many who came late to this new world or were left, or pushed, behind reacted in horrifyingly similar ways: intense hatred of invented enemies, attempts to re-create an imaginary golden age and self-empowerment through spectacular violence. It was from among the ranks of the disaffected that the militants of the 19th century arose – angry young men who became cultural nationalists in Germany, messianic revolutionaries in Russia, bellicose chauvinists in Italy and anarchist terrorists internationally.

Pankaj Mishra explains how today, just as then, the wider embrace of mass politics, technology and the pursuit of wealth and individualism has cast many more billions adrift in a literally demoralised world, uprooted from tradition but still far from modernity – with the same terrible results.

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