Our normality is not returning by Adam Tooze


if the government’s response to the debt accumulated during the crisis is austerity, it will make the situation even worse. It is therefore right to call for a more active and visionary state policy that shows a way out of the crisis. But that, of course, raises the crucial question: What form will these policies take? Adam Tooze is a distinguished professor of history at Columbia University.

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1 Response to Our normality is not returning by Adam Tooze

  1. Marc says:

    Thanks for your passion and light in our increasingly narrowed and spiritless corporatized world!

    Writing and translating can be liberating as we discover our sociability and interdependence.

    Mass consumer societies leave persons atomized and commodified. Demands for meaning arise when the only imperatives seem to be a tighter grip and eternal competitiveness.

    Norbert Elias, a German historian, said we are bound together like the waves of the sea. The same Chinese letter represents crisis and opportunity. The terrible Corona pandemic that caused 40 million households to lose at least one job can be a time for individual and collective discovery and enlightenment. Canada could be our teacher in social ethics, transportation, community centers and health care. The mosaic seems to prioritize integration over merciless self-promotion.

    The ego must die so the self can be born, Christianity and Buddhism agree. Faith is more interruption than custom and personal but never private. The Sermon on the Mount and the entire life of Jesus of Nazareth are a transvaluation of values, the first will be last and the last will be first. The great Danish writer Soren Kierkegaard said faith was the death of the ego and the celebration of the infinite selfless and transcendent God. The present is always more than the present since it includes the promise of a new healed world.

    The state should serve the public interest and not be overrun by special and private interests. Vancouver’s 26 community centers show life can begin again after we see through the myths and fairy tales that reduce us to consumers and hyper-individualists. In “Theology of Hope,” The Protestant theologian Jurgen Moltmann insisted that hope sets us apart from the rest of creation since we can go beyond everything past and present in the power of the coming, the power of the promise and anticipation. The poor live in two worlds, the world of misery and the world of hope, said Augustine in the 4th century. The rich live in only one world where tomorrow is only repetition – without transcendence and prophetic hope of social justice.

    The universal needs the particular so it can be concrete and transformative. So the scandal of particularity explains why Israel and Jesus are God’s incarnation. The particular needs the universal as its hope and utopia. Otherwise the particular pretends to be universal as advertising insists everything is a necessity with an inelastic demand. Whatever the price, you need it. So Herbert Marcuse in “One Dimensional Man” explained how false needs and false consciousness can lead to a one-dimensional society where criticism is taboo.

    Stupidity is a choice in the age of knowledge. Open the doors of discovery and enlightenment! You can learn more in a few hours on the Internet than people could learn in their whole lifetime! DeepL can help with over ten languages! Enjoy the feast! Happy reading and happy research!the feast! Happy reading and happy research!

    Thanks for your time.
    Marc Batko
    Portland OR
    [email protected]

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