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What’s Politics #13 - Maintaining Hope in Dark Times

Peter Beattie, Political Economist & Political Psychologist, Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)

04-Apr-24 14:00

What’s Politics #13 - Maintaining Hope in Dark Times

Growing up, we read about the Holocaust and the Nazis and we think “How did people of that generation ever let this happen?” “How did the world stand and watch?” 

Well, we’re living through a massive genocide right now. Since last October, Israel has killed more than 30 000 people, half of whom are children. This is on top of the illegal occupation, settler colonialism, dispossession, ethnic cleansing the Palestinians have faced at the hands of the State of Israel for the past 70 years. 

We’re watching massacres happen live. 

Yet, the most influential media companies in the world, from the West, still take the Pro-Israel stance. There are millions of people protesting all over the world, including in the US and the UK. Hundreds of thousands of people march against their governments in DC and London, yet the political class of the Western Empire do not budge from their Pro-Israel stance. 

Many people around the world are feeling hopeless. There’s a sense of doomerism, understandably so. It feels like no matter what we do, we can’t defeat the bad guys. 

So, how do we make sense of all of this?

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