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Pankaj Mishra on The History of our Present Moment

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Watch Pankaj Mishra, renowned author and essayist, in our latest RSA Spotlight - the edits which take you straight to the heart of the event!

Renowned author and essayist Pankaj Mishra revives the Kierkegaardian term ‘ressentiment’ to help explain the age of frustration and division we find ourselves in. Against a backdrop of technological change, globalisation, weakening sovereign states and dissolving political fault-lines, huge schisms are separating elites from masses, and the ‘losers’ of this change are driven by hostility, humiliation and revenge. A conviction in liberal rationalism and progress has failed – so how are we to navigate this fractured terrain?

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