Fourth, today’s capitalist systems vastly undervalue the welfare of unborn generations. For most of the era since the Industrial Revolution, this has not mattered, as the continuing boon of technological advance has trumped short-sighted policies. By and large, each generation has found itself significantly better off than the last. But, with the world’s population surging above seven billion, and harbingers of resource constraints becoming ever more apparent, there is no guarantee that this trajectory can be maintained.
“a leader like Jobs must drag all of his employees into his obsessive, driven world at least to some extent. You do not do this with Montessori, self-actualization based techniques or with monetary incentives. You do it with fear – fear of being fired, excluded, publicly belittled or not living up to your own self-image. Greatness rarely, if ever arises from comfort, happiness and complacency and by all accounts, Apple achieved greatness through its CEO’s ability to extend his ruthless, obsessive, unsettled, perfectionist nature into every corner of the company. By being a asshole.”—being an asshole was an essential component to Jobs’ success
Shoplifting’s crucial historical moment occurred in the mid-nineteenth century, with the advent of department stores, which were designed by their owners as great machines for the simultaneous circulation of goods, women and money.
The Industrial Revolution and empires took care of producing the goods; the women moved around the store in a trance of consumer desire; and the end product was a torrent of money, recirculated to enhance the efficacy of the machine.
“As detailed in Chapter 6, Germany has crushed its employees’ wages and salaries and endured a decade of negligible consumer spending growth to save up money for investment in US subprime mortgages and Greek government bonds.”—nice trade fritz
Když mu (na stejném pódiu s Gottem) strčí prst do úst a cloumá Pešákem zaháknutý v koutku jeho dutiny ústní, je to tak překvapivé a na hranici nechutnosti, že tu nelze neuznat jisté extrémní postavení Banjo Bandu ve spektru české televizní zábavy.
This is what economic growth looks like. It is sudden, disruptive, often inconvenient. It messes with the status quo. New stuff gets built and not all of it looks like the Cloisters. All kinds of rough and hungry men flock to it; they sometimes misbehave. They spit on the ground, say unpleasant things about women, and generally fail to meet the behavioral standards of the Upper West Side.
Decline is so much more decorous. Prairie towns slowly wither on the vine; the young people quietly leave, the stores gradually empty and close. Reporters from the Times write haunting and moving stories about the gentle, drifting sadness of it all. Novelists in creative writing programs can write delicate tales of rural decline; filmmakers can make understated little films about the lost hope and vanished promise of the American dream.
“The action was extremely weak (lots of stock footage is used) and the “dramatic” portions of the film were thoroughly coma inducing, but I DID like the scene where Fuller’s wife cornered him and forced him to impregnate her… or else. If the action sequences in this flick were nearly as entertaining as that one scene, Sinai Commandos could’ve been a lot of fun.”—Sinai Commandos
Thinking back on all the complacent conversations I used to have in Brussels, I was struck by a quotation I read this week in The Economist. A European central banker said he had always wondered how Europe’s leaders could have stumbled into World War I. “From the middle of a crisis,” he said recently, “you can see how easy it is to make mistakes.”
God damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables; slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don’t need. We’re the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War’s a spiritual war… our Great Depression is our lives. We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won’t. And we’re slowly learning that fact. And we’re very, very pissed off.