20 Things You Can Do To Roll Back Neoliberal Capitalism And Live A Better Life
1. Talk to your family, friends and acquaintances and work colleagues about what ails them. Listen, don’t preach, or pester-lecture. Offer what Paul Bloom refers to as “rational compassion” rather than empathy but link lived experiences to elements of the bigger picture. Focus on issues of inequality, disconnection, stress. Rework George Monbiot’s story about what it means to be human – i.e. we’re altruistic and social creatures not rapacious competitors. The best of us is about cooperation and collaboration and sharing/caring. And compassion is the great glue of life.
2. If during the course of these conversations someone blames the Other for their predicament, listen, don’t hector-lecture or contradict. Try and find out the origins (projections and deflections) of their views– entrenched, intergenerational thought patterns, negative experiences, insecurity, envy etc. Gently talk about someone you know from the targeted group and explain their story. Humanize the issue. Point out that we might be blaming the wrong people for our problems. Relate this through one of your own personal experiences.