It is no longer a single historical world–as it has been from the beginning of the nineteenth century onwards. Nor is it any longer ours. We, in our culture of commodities, are living our crisis; the rest of the world are living theirs. Our crisis is that we no longer believe in a future. Their crisis is us. The most we want is to hang on to what we’ve got. They want the means to live. That is why our principal preoccupations have become private and our public discourse is compounded of spite. The historical and cultural space forÃ¿ public speech, for public hopes and action, has been dismantled. We live and have our being today in private coverts.