The Time is Out of Joint
sharp political and economic analysis
Shakespeare wrote Hamlet’s words, ‘the time is out of joint’ more than 400 years ago. Today, throughout the world, the sense of dislocation and alienation seems to be increasing. Roy Whittaker believes we have created a system in which political parties no longer connect with the people, and political leaders are deaf and blind to the suffering of millions. In fact, we have a system which encourages us to be greedy and selfish, a system in which globalisation serves the few, the rich get richer, while millions starve.
In this century, we have seen an increase in religious and cultural problems, but the solutions remain beyond the reach of leaders who have failed to recognise the consequence of their actions.
The time is out of joint – the author argues that political parties no longer connect with the people, globalisation serves only the privileged elite who control the wealth and, more importantly, control the media, so that we have to question everything we are told by the news organisations, everything we read in the newspapers, everything we see online.
Human beings are caring and compassionate creatures, yet because the time is out of joint, we live in a world of greed, self indulgence and social indifference.
Now is the time to question supposedly democratic processes and the privileged status of leaders and elite groups.
Our brains have made us capable of much, but can we find a new world before this one falls apart?
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