Anxiety and our being surrounded by anxiety-inducing agents is at the absolute centre of the capitalist project. That is why I say: ‘It’s not your fault.’ Everywhere, the same myth is perpetuated: you are just one object away from happiness. It could be the latest U2 album, a donation to charity, a more comprehensive insurance policy, a different credit card, a fabulous holiday, a better job, a faster car. .. However many times we are disappointed by the failure of this myth to bring us satisfaction, we keep coming back for more. In the words of CRASS founder, Penny Rimbaud, we ‘feed the hand that bites us’. We remain unsatisfied. Capitalism is constantly and perpetually disappointing. The very thing that promises you freedom can quickly become the thing that oppresses you.
Anxiety is the sacrifice of creativity in the service of security. It is the giving up of personal freedoms in return for the promise, never fulfilled, of comfort, cotton wool, air-conditioned shopping centres. Security is a myth; it simply doesn’t exist. This does not stop us, however, from constantly chasing it."
— Tom Hodgkinson - from The Freedom Manifesto