by UnHerd
Wednesday, 22
July 2020

John Gray: this moment is bigger than 1989

The philosopher puts today's political turmoil in historical context
by UnHerd

Freddie Sayers asks philosopher John Gray (see his piece today) whether we are living through a moment of great change, akin to 1989, 1968, 1917, 1848…

His answer? The changes across the world — and the retreat of the universalist ideal to reveal a world of competing civilizational zones, may be more significant for humankind than any of those previous moments.

He touches on parallels between today’s woke movement and medieval millenarianism, his break with the Thatcherites, and how the world is becoming more ‘Game of Thrones’.

Don’t miss this fascinating 45 minute tour de force, steeped in knowledge and with a sweeping context, from one of the most important thinkers of the day. Have a watch above (and apologies for the poor sound quality)…

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    Yes, many issues have come to the fore, and rightly so, which cry out for resolution, relating to racism, inclusiveness, diversity, equality, justice, human rights, poverty, opportunity, geopolitics and the economy.

    Only with open minds and “good manners” can we hope to move constructively forwards and realize the remarkable potential of humanity to live in harmony and create an environment accommodating to all.

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    Dr. Andrew Nellestyn
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    Ottawa, Canada.

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