We find ourselves, in the United States, at the end of a global pandemic in a society that is increasingly isolating. We’ve all experienced this over the last year: we have been trapped behind our screens in our pods. With that isolation has come increasing alienation between classes: those of us who cannot afford to be trapped in a pod behind a screen have been delivering takeout and Amazon packages. And that alienation—that sense that we are not a “We” but hostile camps, or perhaps just a collection of lonely “I”s—extends to political and cultural division as well.
How did this society of profound anti-solidarity come to be, and how can it be healed—if it can? Carlo Lancellotti addresses these questions in this week’s fascinating and challenging essay, applying the thought of the Italian philosopher Augusto Del Noce to the roots of our anti-solidarity culture.
My best wishes to you all,