A recent survey found 95% of young people now feel lonely, with more than half citing money as a key factor. When everything’s expensive, and the public sphere has been deliberately decimated, it’s no surprise.
Channel 4’s Peep Show is now almost two decades old. In Jeremy, it captured the archetype of the slacker – living a life that was dysfunctional, but in today’s terms, also unimaginably comfortable.
In the last 70 years the US has embarked on an intentional effort to forget the Korean War and obscure its role in the brutality. But for people on the peninsula, the war never really ended – and neither has the American empire.
Tentative attempts by Tories to resurrect the ‘scrounger’ myth to push an even harsher welfare system prove how comfortably they slip back into austerity logic – and how completely at odds they are with the reality of today’s economy.
The characters of ‘Beautiful World, Where Are You’ show that worrying about our personal lives and worrying about capitalism don’t have to be mutually exclusive – and that happiness doesn’t have to mean capitulation.
In the 1970s, pioneering gay activists in the US and Britain saw the fight against homophobia as part of a much broader struggle – one which linked Pride to the cause of liberating the world’s oppressed peoples.