The Time of Monsters

There’s a quote attributed to Antonio Gramsci that is popular on the internet, “The old world is dying and the new world struggles to be born: now is the time of monsters.” It’s a poetic and evocative meme that seems to capture the mood of the last several years, the anxiety we all feel over climate change, Trump, Brexit, the coronavirus; the sense that the world is in flux, old structures, systems, and beliefs that held things together are disintegrating; we are not sure what will arise to take their place; it is all profoundly unsettling.

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