Precariousness

David Rennie notes a popular reactionary meme:

Her piece picked up the great buzz-word of the current French protests, “précarité” – which means something like bleak uncertainty, and carries a sense of horror at life outside the state’s swaddling embrace.

I don’t know where or when it was born, but it’s been painted on the walls of Barcelona by the hard nationalist/communist left for the past three years. I’m all in favour of it, and sometimes wonder whether it’s the whole point to life. Getting on a bicycle in the morning or taking drugs or going out to work is about not knowing where one will end up, and it’s great.

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