For the vast majority of people life has become relentlessly anxious, stressful and exhausting as we desperately try to keep up on the treadmill of a learn-to-earn-to-spend culture in which there is no time for the things and the people we really value; no time even for ourselves. Life just feels like a relentless slog to keep our head above water.
Leisure time has been increasing for the past friggin\’ century, you twat.
We have ever more time for ourselves.
What hope is there for compassion in a world of endless competition? When the rewards of those at the top crush every hope beneath them, and the ruthless logic of the market tramples all over our planet, how can we hope to find any meaningful sense of control and therefore freedom in our lives?……And our planet can better sustain itself as we decide that there is more to life than searching for meaning through materialism. So the good society demands proper restrictions on the time we spend working so we can think, rest, play and have the space to be citizens.
How did someone so ignorant ever get to be taken seriously in the world of politics? It\’s that very market system which has made us all so pig rich that leisure has increased and we have the time to think, rest, play and have the space to be citizens.
But what brings the good society to life is democracy: the only tool we have to take control of our lives.
Fatuous wittery. Freedom, liberty, are the tools we can use to take control of our lives. Democracy is all very well of course, but it\’s actually the tool by which we take control of other peoples\’ lives: that tyranny of the majority.