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Dan Rodgers’ Age of Fracture : A Different Country Now

In government, history, North America, politics, society on August 13, 2012 at 14:02

From: Dan Rodgers’ Age of Fracture : A Different Country Now, Radio Open Source. http://www.radioopensource.org

It’s too simple to say: we fell apart. But “disaggregation” is the recurring word for the remapping of our minds. The progress has been from grand to granular; from macro to micro not only in economics, from Maynard Keynes to Milton Friedman, but in literary theory and our sense of who has “agency”, from coalitions to individuals. Our flag waves over a social landscape shrunken in every dimension, as Rodgers writes: “diminished, thinner, smaller, more fragmented, more voluntary, fractured, easier to exit, more guarded from others.” It feels in this 2012 campaign like a society desperate for a larger sense of itself.

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