In ‘Letter from Japan’ (Resurgence 262) there was much to celebrate – the cradle of modern consumerism has, it seems, given birth to an unstoppable youth revolution against the awfulness of unfettered materialism and the gross usage of natural resources, and to a move towards the more spiritual life.

Will this interesting trend be something that the West too will embrace when, like Japan, the consumeristic life loses its shine and becomes nothing more than a debt inducer?

Reading Undercurrents in this issue certainly gave me hope for the future of our planet.

David Harvey




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