Liquid Fear

Liquid Fear

by Zygmunt Bauman

And yet, at the dawn of the twenty-first century, we live again in a time of fear.

This new book by Zygmunt Bauman one of the foremost social thinkers of our time is an inventory of liquid modern fears.

Through his brilliant account of the fears and anxieties that weigh on us today, Bauman alerts us to the scale of the task which we shall have to confront through most of the current century if we wish our fellow humans to emerge at its end feeling more secure and self-confident than we feel at its beginning.

  • Series: Liquid Series
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Rating: 3.90
  • Pages: 188
  • Publish Date: October 6th 2006 by Polity Press
  • Isbn10: 0745636802
  • Isbn13: 9780745636801

What People Think about "Liquid Fear"

This could well be one of those statistics that sound good, but arent really true, like that the living outnumber the dead, but all the same, the last hundred years has seen a remarkable change in life expectancy. We need to know it was a heart attack or liver failure or something else and then, knowing that, we can imagine ways and means of someday stopping those things from killing us. He makes a lot of the Lisbon Earthquake and how acts of God all fall into that long tradition back to the Book of Job God does crazy shit, you cant understand it, you just need to put up with it. Like nurses who will inflict incredible pain on patients because they are following orders from doctors. How long would you last in virtually any job if you said 'I can't do that, it goes against my basic morality'. Today we elect governments that can do virtually nothing about the issues that are to have the most devastating affects on us global warming, pollution, nuclear weapons but that then go on to create other fears they can look like they are busy addressing terrorism anyone? Imagine if a politician said that today. And in the process of having us afraid we are increasingly expected to turn to our own resources to tackle these global issues. But global capitalism is virtually beyond regulation in any form at all. To the point where, for the largest firms, things like paying taxes have become virtually discretionary. And we need to do that as global citizens in more than just name.

It was a bit of a ride - like reading Zizek - with ideas coming in from all over the place.