We were reading in article in Der Spiegel about how the BRIC countries were overtaking the West in just about everything and about how no city in Europe was on the cutting edge of anything.
This news has been in the wings, as it were, for several years now and we have taken note of the sparkling space-age cities rising up in the vast flat-lands of Asia. Next to those examples of futuristic modernity, U.S. cities appear hokey if not downright shabby.
It is important not to loose sight of what is really going on here. It is somewhat off the mark to think of Brazil, Russia, India and China as solely national sources of a new vitality. Their prosperity is equally due to capital flows from the West. European and U.S. companies are investing in these countries.
Bill's Bullshit was that by exporting the dirty jobs to backwater, cheap-labour places like China, India, Pakistan and Malaysia, the United States would be become the gleaming headquarters of the future, full of hi-tech, hi-skill, hi-paperpushing jobs. Instead all the gleam and clean fingernails followed the grime. The paper titles may be parked here (USA) but not much else anymore.
But we are overcome by other, sadder thoughts, when we sit and stare at pictures of these Futurama Cities. There are no trees.... no chirping birds... no tigers on the prowl... no elephants bathing in pools. They are vast expanses of gleaming DEATH.
These are cities planned for millions, and for millions with hundred of thousands of cars, driving on grass-killing concrete. The cities are fed, not by milk from cows grazing on a hill -- as in old backwater Europe or parts of Cascadia -- but from cows debased into milk producing things and "sources" of meat.
All the metal and gleam bespeak an exciting future full of artificial "growth" and the death of Creation as we know it. Very few people are open to the necessity of mandated non-reproduction. The money makers and their beholden policy whores are downright against it. Close to twenty years ago we sent letters to editors noting the need for a reduction in the number of humans on the planet. Not one got printed.
What is actually anathema has become orthodoxy. The insane pursuit of endless market growth coupled with unrestrained population growth is an evolutionary derangement which obviously has no cure except its own self-destructive consummation. Chipsters hope it comes sooner than later. Humans are simply a blight on the world. That is an objective fact whether your ego likes it or not.