…on of the neo-right demagogue character creation sheet that gave us Donald Trump and Boris Johnson. These people do not have personalities, they have haircuts. Ugly ones. And we have fallen through the looking glass in which they see themselves reflected as small gods.
… a time to die as any.’” In it, Peter complains that the range of acceptable emotions is narrowing. “I predict that by 2035 anger will actually be illegal,” he wrote. “Underground clubs will crop up where people will be able to express rage openly, but these catharsis speakeasies will be frequently raided by police. Once anger is abolished, Joy will inevitably come under attack…. The optimal condition, which will become almost obligatory, will be [to be] mildly ‘stressed’ — the ideal condition for shopping.”