Life at № 42 by E.M. Coutinho
How owning our Resentment can save Australian Politics
In this piece, Paul Tyson, honorary Research Fellow at the University of Queensland, outlines his take on the rise of right wing populist resentment, as a powerful political force, from an Australian perspective.
Professor Robert Solomon notes that we all experience strong emotional responses to being the victim of an injustice. Solomon singles out three responses in particular: anger, contempt and resentment. Crucially, these emotions have distinct political signatures. Anger is a potentially resolution producing emotion directed towards equals; contempt is a vengeance and retribution focused emotion directed towards inferiors; resentment is an impotent and servile emotion directed towards superiors.
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