You know the nonsense about Generation Snowflake, their obsession with celebrity (cynically cultivated by the self-same media interests), their queering approach to gender and sexuality, their free easiness with a diverse and changing Britain, their addiction to phones, their lack of patriotism and entitlement; these serve to invite comparisons with themselves, the gritty post-war generation who came up through the school of hard knocks, and are deployed to rationalise the young’s much less secure existence as tough love. Crap work, low pay, poor housing, few prospects, this is the just desserts for a spoilt cohort of kids who don’t even know they’ve been born. It’s class conflict sublimated through generational conflict, of setting up a gerontocracy of haves whose privilege depends on keeping the young as have-nots.

The Economics of Polarisation

15.11.2017 • Permalink

The end of social mobility is a problem because the more our elites draw from a narrow segment of the population, the less they look like everyone else and that raises problems of legitimacy. You only have to look at our politicians and the general antipathy towards them to know why this matters.

From All that is solid

23.10.2017 • Permalink

A theme park based on The Hunger Games is opening in Dubai, giving residents the chance to imagine a world with massive economic inequality where the wealthy ruling class kills the poor for their own entertainment. 

Imagine! (Via Nerdist)

23.10.2017 • Permalink

“Insects make up about two-thirds of all life on Earth [but] there has been some kind of horrific decline,” said Prof Dave Goulson of Sussex University, UK, and part of the team behind the new study. “We appear to be making vast tracts of land inhospitable to most forms of life, and are currently on course for ecological Armageddon. If we lose the insects then everything is going to collapse.”

Well, that’s not terrifying at all. From The Guardian.

19.10.2017 • Permalink

Canada’s talented and prolific Steve Eggers returns with a new album on October 26th. Last year’s Alejandro’s Visions was a very good, nearly great, collection of songs loosely tied together by a concept. Eggers’ voice has always reminded me a bit of Andy Partridge’s, but on the new single I’m Lucky, it’s hard not to hear shades of Paul McCartney, both in the sound and the melody. Not that I’m complaining.

19.10.2017 • Permalink