They say nationalism grows when people start to think that their past is better than their future.
It is not hard to see why we romanticise a mythical past in this country right now – and why we have seen a rise in reactionary nationalism.
The millennial generation (roughly those born after 1982) are going to be the first generation we can think of that will be worse off than their parents.
The robbery of all our wealth by the bankers and politicians has left us divided and angry, blaming immigrants and poor people for joblessness, poverty, declining real wages, longer hours, insecure work and the many other trials that blight our daily lives now.
Our education is being privatised, sold off to religious groups and corporations through free schools. University is an expense that can never be paid back. It is no longer a place for learning, but a place to turn yourself into the ultimate economic unit.
The NHS, pensions and Welfare as we know it will probably not exist within a decade.
No one seems to be offering solutions, politicians are barely even lying any longer – they all say we face even worse times ahead.
But another future is possible!
Across the UK and the world people are living the change we want to see. Housing, energy, food, arts and all the other good things are being created in cooperatives and localities all over.
These are owned by the people who use them and created for the benefit of all, not just for the profit of a few. They help people provide more of what we need and work less.
There is hope through 3D printing, the internet, and other technology that if we keep it free and usable for all we can create another world directly, without any interference from above.
Resistance is occurring globally – from the slums of Rio, to the cities of China, from the streets of the UK, to the squares of Egypt. Too many places and too many people to count and standing up are saying ‘No More’.
For the first time in human history we can create a truly global change, no longer looking to just solving problems within our own borders. These are borders created in the mind, and used by the powerful to keep us divided.
We know any truly liberatory change will have to come for all us, or not at all.
If we work together, learn from the failures of the past, be prepared to make new mistakes, then we can imagine a better world and strive to make it happen.
We can reclaim our future.