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Tuesday linkage: Obama, sweat shops, Aceh, New Zealand, The Wire and more


Sam Roggeveen


12 June 2012 16:09

Meliorism—the belief that humanity is gradually ascending to a higher level of civilisation—is, after all, the most commonplace of contemporary faiths. One of its tenets is the belief that civilised life is the normal condition of modern societies; the practical task is to extend this condition to those sections of the species that have yet to enjoy its benefits. But a chronic condition of violence and entrapment is not an outlier on the fringes of civilised existence. As The Wire shows, it is the ongoing experience of large parts of the population in one of the world’s largest democracies.