It is becoming fashionable to talk about politics, which means that for the first time in my life on this planet ordinary people are talking openly and angrily about inequality, injustice, poverty and the urgent need for new ways to organise society. They are talking about these things at work, in the pub, over meals, on the train – wherever there is more than one person capable of speech, people are talking about politics – talking about politics in terms of ‘them’ and ‘us’.
Those who criticise the occupiers at St. Paul’s Cathedral and elsewhere for not having a clearly defined political agenda are entirely missing the point.
The shit is about to break loose. The associations and the ideas that are being formed now and the intellectual muscles that are now being exercised for the first time in generations will stand us in very good stead in facing up to what comes next – in deciding, organising and shaping what comes next.
The hegemonic dam of neoliberalism has been breached. It is becoming fashionable to talk about politics.