Author(s): Morgan Godfery
'The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms appear' - Antonio GramsciIs New Zealand's political settlement beginning to fray? And does this mean we're entering the interregnum, that ambiguous moment between society-wide discontent and political change? In BWB's latest book of essays, edited by Morgan Godfery, ten of New Zealand's sharpest emerging thinkers gather to debate the 'morbid symptoms' of the current moment, from precarious work to climate change, and to discuss what shape change might take, from 'the politics of love' to postcapitalism. The Interregnum interrogates the future from the perspective of the generation who will shape it.
This is another of BWB Texts (NZ small books on big subjects), and another wonderful book which explores the time into which we are heading, which he calls ‘The Interregnum’: “The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms appear.” The editor has interviewed 10 young New Zealanders, who each give their version of this period of flux into which we are heading. Most thinking New Zealanders know that Neo-Liberalism and continued growth is completely unsustainable, toxic and has led to the great inequalities in life that we now see. These 10 young people talk about the change necessary so that New Zealand can once again lead the way in quality of life and sustainability. - Peter
Morgan Godfery is a writer and trade unionist based in Wellington. He is an online columnist for Overland Literary Journal in Australia and a regular book reviewer for Fairfax. His writing regularly appears in the Guardian and the New Zealand Herald.