ONE blogs – JOHN CALDER – Lies, Corruption and Conspiracy

We are living through an age without shame, when corruption is endemic throughout society from the highest elected officials down through the guardians of our laws to those who want a little more of the desirable possessions of life, whether they have much or little. The Murdoch scandal has exposed the lies and cover-ups, the bribes to keep quiet, police attempts to stop the Guardian’s investigations, Cameron’s weak brushing over Coulson’s reassurances that he had known nothing, which even a loyal dog would not believe, while offering no “second chance” to misguided but deprived youth that finally revolted against a society that offered it nothing while removing whatever hope had been there when we had a welfare state. read more —>

ONE blogs – JOHN CALDER – THE TIMES WE LIVE IN

Historians will have such a wealth of material to deal with then they come to writing up the first decades of the twenty-first century, that may well drown under it. Around the world there is deepening depression unbelievably incompetent government and administration of industry. This of, natural resources (all dwindling fast) and all social institutions, with widespread corruption that is not even disguised, and a culture of greed, tyranny, and power-lust that is demolishing all the products of civilised rule-of-law, individual and group rights, and decency that it has taken centuries to establish. read more —>

ONE blogs – JAMES W WOOD – IF SIX WAS NINE: THE SPIRIT OF SIXTY-EIGHT

How can today’s young artists, writers and intellectuals recapture the ideals of those caught up in les evenements of May 1968 in Paris? Is it still possible to feel that sense of adventure, creativity and youth in a world where we struggle just to find enough money to feed ourselves, a world whose defining characteristics are insecurity and uncertainty?

Daphne Kauffmann’s first novel, Nos mots croises (“Our Crossed Words”, Editions Intervales, Paris, 2009) attempts to answer these questions. Kauffmann interleaves her experience as a young writer and musician struggling to make a career with the recollections of Michel Besmond, a soixante-huitard who continued the adventure into the seventies, travelling to Mexico and beyond.

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