By Zygmunt Bauman
During this new e-book Zygmunt Bauman - some of the most unique and influential social thinkers of our time - examines the selective affinity among the expansion of social inequality and the increase within the quantity of 'collateral harm' and considers its implications and its charges.
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Inside an organization, one category of functionaries therefore strives to force upon the category it wishes to subordinate a maximally detailed and comprehensive code of behaviour, intended ideally to make the conduct of the groups it thereby ‘fixes’ monotonously regular and so utterly predictable; while it strives to keep its own hands (and legs . ) untied, so that its moves are impossible to anticipate and go on defying the calculations and predictions of the category earmarked for subordination.
And these were the reasons why the widening of the gap separating rich and poor was halted, or even, as one would say today deploying the current idiom, ‘turned negative’. To survive, inequality needed to invent the art of selflimitation. And it did, and practised it, even if in fits and starts, for more than a century. All in all, those factors contributed to at least a partial reversal of the trend, to a mitigation of the degree of uncertainty haunting the subordinate classes and thereby to a relative levelling up of the strengthes and chances of the sides engaged in the uncertainty game.
The fate of freedom and democracy in each land is decided and settled on the global stage; and only on that stage can it be defended with a realistic chance of lasting success. It is no longer in the power of any singly acting state, however resourceful, heavily armed, resolute and uncompromising, to defend chosen values at home while turning its back on the dreams and yearnings of those outside its borders. But turning our backs is precisely what we, the Europeans and Americans, seem to be doing, when keeping our riches and multiplying them at the expense of the poor outside.
Collateral Damage: Social Inequalities in a Global Age by Zygmunt Bauman