focussing on the now

Articulate brilliance from Mark Vernon in the Guardian today, interpreting Terry Eagleton:

To be a radical is wholly different from believing in progress. The doctrine of progress teaches that things will gradually get better and better, notwithstanding a few setbacks. The radicalism of Marxism and Christianity, as I take it, regards that as naive. For as the history of capitalism shows, where gold flows, so also does blood. If freedom comes for some, it arrives hand in hand with struggle, exploitation and alienation. What to do?

Well, forget your dreams of utopia and instead focus on now. Critique it, constantly. Strive to understand its conditions. But also, like the watchman, wait for the new dawn. For after the revolution, or the meltdown, or the collapse, something new might be born.

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