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Dry your tears, progressives. Do politics in a different way, and you can start to make the desirable feasible

Covid and the climate emergency have created the demand for a new democratic consciousness—and with it a genuinely transformative politics

By Neal Lawson  

A new progressive society needs electoral reform for a representative democracy. Photo: Paul Davey / Alamy Stock Photo

Notwithstanding the convulsive elections last week, this is already the most incredible moment, in good ways and bad. The pandemic casts both shadows and fresh light over very different possible futures. And it comes on top of two further seismic events: the age of the Anthropocene, where human activity dominates our environment, and the birth of the networked society and the global interconnectedness that comes with it. Any one of these three would herald a revolution in how we think and act. But taken together, as they must be, they combine to create prospects for change that are both…

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