Saturday, October 26, 2019

Quote of the Day (Peter Pomerantsev, on How the ‘Idea of the Future’ Has Crumbled)

“We've seen it first in Russia in the 1990s and now increasingly in the West: an inability to imagine a coherent idea of the future. Nostalgia has taken over. You could choose many moments when the idea of that future crumbled—various foreign-policy follies, the 2008 crisis, the idea that our children are getting poorer than us. What replaces it is a policy of nostalgia. Nostalgia isn't about specific memories; it's about the sense of loss. The roots of nostalgia are about losing home.” —Soviet-born British television producer and nonfiction writer Peter Pomerantsev, “Soapbox: The Columnists—WSJ. Asks Six Luminaries to Weigh in on a Single Topic; This Month: Nostalgia,”, October 2019

(Photo of Peter Pomerantsev taken Sept. 25, 2016, by Vogler.)

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