Ill Fares the Land pare să se constituie într-un manifest de Stânga, o replică la individualismul patologic, agresiv, insensibil, generator de reflexe politico-tâlhăreşti, şi la celelalte "valori" cu potenţial destructiv în societate (inclusiv distrugerea premeditată a clasei de mijloc), promovate de preoţii Dreptei, mai ales în ultimii doi ani.
"Something is profoundly wrong with the way we live today. For thirty years we have made a virtue out of the pursuit of material self-interest: indeed, this very pursuit now constitutes whatever remains of our sense of collective purpose. We know what things cost but have no idea what they are worth. We no longer ask of a judicial ruling or a legislative act: is it good? Is it fair? Is it just? Is it right? Will it help bring about a better society or a better world? Those used to be the political questions, even if they invited no easy answers. We must learn once again to pose them.
The materialistic and selfish quality of contemporary life is not inherent in the human condition. Much of what appears ‘natural’ today dates from the 1980s: the obsession with wealth creation, the cult of privatization and the private sector, the growing disparities of rich and poor. And above all, the rhetoric which accompanies these: uncritical admiration for unfettered markets, disdain for the public sector, the delusion of endless growth.
We cannot go on living like this. The little crash of 2008 was a reminder that unregulated capitalism is its own worst enemy: sooner or later it must fall prey to its own excesses and turn again to the state for rescue. But if we do no more than pick up the pieces and carry on as before, we can look forward to greater upheavals in years to come.""All change is disruptive. We have seen that the specter of terrorism is enough to cast stable democracies into turmoil. Climate change will have even more dramatic consequences. Men and women will be thrown back upon the resources of the state. They will look to their political leaders and representatives to protect them: open societies will once again be urged to close in upon themselves, sacrificing freedom for ‘security’. The choice will no longer be between the state and the market, but between two sorts of state. It is thus incumbent upon us to reconceive the role of government. If we do not, others will."
Nimic nou, în aparenţă. Cu excepţia unui timp pierdut şi a unui teren politic cedat de Stânga, în favoarea unei Drepte care, de la declanşarea crizei şi până azi, domină autoritar dezbaterile publice şi exercită o conducere/influenţă politică aproape neîngrădită (chiar şi în acele state unde nu se află, formal, la putere), pregătindu-se pentru lovitura finală împotriva a tot ceea ce înseamnă securitate, stabilitate şi echitate.
Despre Tony Judt, informaţii la http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Judt
O recenzie a cărţii se găseşte la http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/books/book_reviews/article7066938.ece
Fotografia a fost preluată de la http://zioneocon.blogspot.com/2004_01_04_archive.html