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By David Andress

The writer, professor of contemporary background on the collage of Portsmouth, argues that we're being affected by an assault of social and cultural confusion and amnesia.

The former nice powers of the ancient 'West' – particularly Britain, america and France – appear to be forsaking the knowledge of adulthood for senescent daydreams of recovered adolescence. alongside the way in which they're stirring up previous hatreds, giving nerve-racking voice to damaging rage, and risking the cave in in their skill for decisive, potent, and simply governance. on the center of this is often an abandonment of political cognizance to historical past, understood as a transparent empirical grounding in how we reached our current . historic tales are deployed in public debate as little greater than risky fantasies.

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