The terms "left" and "right" pervade all our discussions of politics. But, argues Frank Furedi, these terms have lost their meaning - and in fact are often used to mean the opposite of what they once meant. For a grown-up politics we need to replace these terms with a less simplistic language.
In this brilliant and provocative book, Furedi shows how modern politics revolves around the way we regard people. On the one hand are those increasingly vocal lobbies (not limited to any single party) who regard people as vulnerable - constantly in need of protection from risk, change and even knowldge itself. Against this view, Furedi urges a more confident, robust, politics based on the belief that, armed with knowledge and a willingness both to learn from the part and to face the future, humans are remarkably good at coping with crises and adapting to change.
Whilst acknowledging the impoverished state of politics today and the pervasiveness of fear, this is ultimately Furedi's most optimistic work.
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Frank Furedi is Professor of Sociology at the University of Kent at Canterbury. He is the author of numerous books including Culture of Fear, Invitation to Terror and Paranoid Parenting, all published by Continuum.From Publishers Weekly:
Furedi, prolific author and professor of sociology at the University of Kent at Canterbury, wants people to believe in themselves again and to govern accordingly-in short, to stop being afraid. Trite as that may sound, Furedi's arguments are cogent, and rather than delving into the dense language of political theory and history, Furedi bypasses conventional left vs. right thinking and pontificates on the rifts in contemporary politics by examining the ways we commonly think about ourselves. Fear, Furedi writes, is the hallmark of contemporary western society (his arguments being strictly intended for those in the "free" world), citing as symptoms the fear of scientific and social progress (notably in a string of successful disaster flicks), using personal likes and dislikes to evaluate political candidates, and how terms of fear and mistrust have become common parlance for discussing politicians' merits. A new Enlightenment, in short, is Furedi's cure, but his thoughts on ushering in the new, while noble and largely apolitical, rely on "decent people who believe in their humanity and are willing to go against the grain. One step at a time." Forcefully argued, Furedi's book is a thoughtful, if idealistic, consideration of the prevalence of fear mongering.
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