Reclaim Modernity – launch on 11 Nov (in London, natch)

We received this from Compass and we thought you might want to check it out . . .

Political life can often feel pretty bleak for all the reasons you know and feel so well. And then something pops up and rekindles the flame of hope.This new Compass publication, Reclaim Modernity, by Mark Fisher and Jeremy Gilbert ignites a towering inferno of hope. It does so by calmly and clearly explaining that we are in a unique moment of history. The way the world is developing can be in tune with our values. We don’t have to fear modernity, or capitulate to it. It doesn’t have to be the acceleration of everything that’s bad about the present. It could actually be better.

Reclaim Modernity helps us understand why the bureaucratic state always had its limits and the free market was never going to be the antidote. Instead, we have to help co-create a democratic state. It may not be immediately obvious how to do that – but it’s the only way things will work for most of us, most of the time.

It is the best bit of big thinking anyone has published for some time. I can’t implore you enough to download here.

Reading it will lift the dark clouds.

Better still come and hear Mark and Jeremy, Hilary Wainwright, Neal Lawson and Angela McRobbie talk about it at the launch event with Red Pepper on Tuesday 11th November in the House of Commons. Click here to secure your place.

My best,

Zoe Williams

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