Big money populism – exemplified by Donald Trump and Boris Johnson – is just one side of the capitalist sociopath coin. The other side, maybe more important, is middle class disconnection. Populism fills the vacuum left by middle class retrenchment. Tribalism and social media are tools for this isolation, not causes…
The uneducated and the experts get a lot of flak from trained gatekeepers with big platforms but the antipathy is self-serving virtue signalling designed to cover up a degrading groupthink that’s steadily retarding the progress of our society to a virtual standstill. The recent Dawkins Eugenics “controversy” is a case in point.
Time and time again the rump of voters choose the fantasy over the fact. People in their millions go for the snake oil (if it’s delivered with the right dewy-eyed appeal) and reject the poor prosaic plain-speaker with the long record of real public service. I don’t get it!
This is 2020 and our society is more utilitarian than ever. But it’s increasingly a culture without heritage, locked into an ouroboros sham stability that’s twisted to funnel wealth upward as nation-sized corporations destroy the planet’s future. And yet our society is called democratic; so long as the turkeys keep voting for Christmas…
Nominations for the 2020 Oscars have been published to a chorus of criticism about lack of diversity. It’s a neat illustration of equality of outcome, equality of opportunity and the cultural degradation caused by the continued breakdown of communication and truth.
Gothic means many things to different people. It’s a much overused term. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte) and Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte) are two of the finest exemplars of the gothic novel – this much is received wisdom – but their evocation of the gothic ideal is as different as the shadow and stone.
Europe and the United States are the two largest economic blocs. I thought this map was interesting. It visualizes how the European countries would map onto the 50 United States, by equivalent GDP.