New Statesman: The case for optimism

We are living in an era of anxiety – or as Jonathan Haidt, the US social psychologist calls it in his latest book, a “generation of anxiety”. From the global financial crisis to the climate emergency, from Covid to the cost of living, from the war in Ukraine to the conflicts in Israel/Gaza: each of these global shocks has left deep scars – economic, societal and environmental. This has weakened the systems on which we rely for our security and prosperity: fiscal and monetary, social insurance and healthcare, education and learning, culture and community. We are facing a fragile world with weakened societal immunities.

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