A chance for me to recommend again the superb online and print magazine Prospect. If the discipline of PPE (Politics, Philosophy and Economics) had a magazine, Prospect would be it.
This interesting article by David Goodhart, with regards to the current riots in the UK, claims that 'In the 1980s there were genuine grievances to riot about; today there is just a sullen disaffection connected to an excessive, and now violent, consumerism. These are truly post-political riots, style riots, boredom riots, feel-good riots, look-at-me riots, riots at the end of history.'
So much of the article resonated with my research and observations. Particularly the 'sullen disaffection connected to an excessive, and now violent, consumerism'.
That chimes with the recent reports that highlight how 'the aggressive pursuit of personal success by adults is now the greatest threat to British children'.
And for those kids, still at school never mind the ones who have just left, there seems to be no basis to talk about virtue, what is good, and right. Politicians will talk about Britain being a 'tolerant society', without being able to connect the virtue of Tolerance to any plausibility structures (unquestioned systems of meaning, action, or belief) to support that virtue. The unquestioned systems of meaning and virtue that underpin our society seem to be
The only virtue modelled to our kids, and expressed in our advertising, and marketisation of society seem to be of 'excessive individualism'. So many commentators are calling for return to 'value system where people seek satisfaction more from helping others rather than pursuing private advantage'. But you need something to enable that return, and I suspect no politician, or media commentator can provide one.
Only a community of people living differently in society can acheive that.