History in the making

Most days at the moment I have a strong sense of history being written around me. People are, as I perceive it, increasingly reading, writing and narrating the issues of today in the framework of changes that came about in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

The idea of a great cultural divide that occurred in this short period is increasingly important in the stories we tell and are told about why things are the way that they are.

The Reagan-Thatcher era changes and the Washington Consensus are by no means new rhetorical or academic tropes, but right now I feel like they are the currency we use to explain why our societies and economies are the way they are. From the financial crisis, to the disinheritance of young people, to revolutions and uprisings, we are being slapped round the face with these problems and we are seeking explanations. I am not saying this is wrong or right, but it is a fascinating time to wake up every day and be alive.

I want to be part of seeing where these new narratives can take us.

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