Radicalisation always represents the attempt to bring about a condition that can actually be described as life.
Radicalism opposes itself to the swaddling, coddling, tunnel-vision of life as defined by the culture you live in. It questions the factuality of social, political and economic “fact”.
To call a McJob a fact–as in “facing the facts of life” –to call the Debt a fact–as in “facing the facts of the economy” –to call a career at Price Waterhouse a fact–as in “it’s a fact that you have to get on in life to get the things you want” –is the most grotesque distortion of the facts. These processes are as artificial as the malls & offices in which they take place.
We live in a fiction, a structure imposed on the actual. The goal of radicalism in any generation should be to expose that structure & its constraints. That’s why it was a good idea to break into Millbank yesterday.
That’s why a new phase of radicalism–which does not regard political and social self-restraint as a fact–can only be a good idea.
Where is the money for education ? Since the late 70s it has been moving steadily into the pockets, tax havens & art investments of the rich. Everyone can see this. Everyone can see that a bank is not a real thing, only a constructed system for enriching a banker. Everyone can see that a law which controls how & when you can strike or protest is a way of making strike & protest pointless.
Everyone can see that the life offered by our society is less a life than permission to plod along the same old tramlines until you die, while states & corporates commodify everything worthwhile & measure it back to you as an earnable privilege. Everyone can see that if you get on your high horse about this you will be passed off as a mindless criminal.
Never Let Me Go: Ishiguro’s point is that we are already clones, educated to stay calm & serviceable while they cut pieces off us. That’s why everyone is so angry: because their anger, as ever, is constantly taken away from them just at the point when anger is all they have.