Raoul Martinez on writing this year’s essential text for thinking radicals | Books | The Guardian

Posted: February 2, 2017 in American Politics, Culture, Democracy, Economy

If we are shaped by everything from politics to genetics, can we really be held responsible for our actions? In his book Creating Freedom, the author says we must change our attitude to society’s losers

Source: Raoul Martinez on writing this year’s essential text for thinking radicals | Books | The Guardian

What Martinez calls the responsibility myth is, he suggests, the basis of the American Dream, namely that anyone can become rich and that those who do – even Donald Trump – deserve their money, while those who don’t have only themselves to blame. The political corollary of that myth is that we have no obligation to help the poor, the obese, the disabled, the refugees, the homeless or the unemployed. They all deserved it, so screw them.

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