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But, at the edge, personal action faced with "inevitable doom" turns out to follow the survivalist ethic.

Collective action, in France at least, was made possible over the last decades by the sharing of common ideas (perhaps well-worn clichés, but in practical terms it doesn't matter) about progress and human dignity. Those ideas are now disappearing into limbo. Organisations such as unions, political parties, are powerless to raise mass protest without them. And when it's up to individuals to say "we need collective action", that is indeed paralysing. What is collective action that can't base itself on a set of common assumptions? Protest movements (Occupy, indignados) can make a noise, but have no relay into mass consciousness, and are easily dismissed as fringe.

If there's a take-away from ET's eight, going on nine, years, it is this: we need a new mythology.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue Dec 31st, 2013 at 03:12:27 AM EST
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