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Metropolis as petri dish

Well, I am sure Labour will be well battered in the elections tomorrow. And I imagine we are moving to a period of Tory control of Government again. Some people think it is a good thing to hasten the end of our current system by removing the little sweetners that make it endurable. What did they used to call it? 'Exposing the contradictions of capitalism' or something. I'd personally prefer to keep things going with as much structural support as the public will stand to pay for. But ironically, those who see capitalism as most desirable and natural are those who will speed its end.

On one of my lj-friend's blogs I said that capitalism had a problem in that some essential types of work were unresourced - raising children is an example. Someone replied 'are you advocating the end of capitalism?' I thought the question didn't make sense. Either the problem exists or it doesn't. Either we seek a solution or we don't. My guess is we are moving to a situation where even the grudging half-solutions we currently have in place are likely to be scaled back, in favour of even grosser inequality and materialism. And when it gets bad enough, that will be the end of capitalism, whether we like it or not.

So for instance people say 'I've got a car, why should I support public transport?' 'Buses are for losers'. Ha, wait and see how that turns out for them,. But look on the bright side, perhaps Boris will fuck up London at such a speed that it will remind people of what spending cuts do to a complex society like ours. And London is perhaps the most dense and complex section of our society so the damage will be seen most rapidly there.

Boris isn't, obviously, as stupid as he pretends to be. But that is very far from saying he is as clever as he needs to be. And more importantly what intelligence he has is not directed at the well being of people who live in London. He doesn't give a fig for them, and he has never pretended that he does. So, good luck London.
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