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Sophistication!

A friend of mine flew to Shanghai on business last month, checked into his hotel, took a shower, changed clothes, went down to the lobby, got into a cab, and told the driver: Take me To China Town…

 

He hasn’t been seen since.

 

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To Dictators, With Love

A return to Polarized Dictatorships? People in Ohio losing their job to a guy in Mexico or else halfway down the world in China, if it isn’t a volcano erupting on some other continent. Greeks losing their house so a banker in New York can deal himself an 80 million $ annual bonus, Belgians their pension because their fund is stolen empty in the Bahamas, with exports everywhere sagging abruptly because a bunch of currency manipulators artificially and at will drive a monetary unit up or down. And manufacturers not making their foreign produced products more accessible by passing on the savings, but flogging their down-graded wares at resulting double digit profits which executives and independent institutional shareholders, or else their managers, swiftly pocket.

Already inept national political leaders seem to control nothing anymore, because while there’s Globalization there’s no World Government or well functioning World policing bodies with real, swift hands-on powers, as such. And yet, what nobody demonstrates against is that Globalization ain’t working, that it is a brand new form of de facto financial and social anarchy, with seemingly no one responsible or accountable anymore.

The new elite as usual senseless, careless and blind, everyone else one way or the other getting robbed, and all this likely leading back to violent nationalism, false patriotism and xenophobia in a desire for autarchy and Utopias that cannot be, with everybody thinking of or about, but where nobody just thinks, and where Universities have become mute, complacent, indifferent nation/states, instead of the thought provoking rebels they ought to be.

But chaos creates new life, too, doesn’t it?

Though where?

LOCUST-R-US

Certainly not all, but all the wile and cunning it takes to reach the top, leaves many completely addicted to the chase but soon enough losing all sight of the only objective.

The great irony that what it takes to become a major, even historic decision-maker leaves one voiceless when the time comes to speak out or think beyond the immediate.

At Davos 2009 nobody seems to worry about your children and grandchildren. While trying of course to fix the current, rather too drastic world economic decline, nobody has time for trivial questions like a planet unable to sustain ‘Western’ industrial life style to begin with. Let alone making it universal, that is 3 billion Chinese and Indians owning 2 residences, 3 cars per family and taking 3 vacations a year in Hawaii, Paris and Samoa and to which they’re as entitled as Mr. Mrs. J. Blow from Wichita Falls.

That while consumerism is still the best way to distribute wealth, there is the matter of waste, garbage, raw materials and climate change to consider.

That therefore, demographically speaking, far fewer people are a ‘must’, still complicated by them living longer than ever. And technology making half this brave new world’s workforce redundant in less than a couple of centuries or so, the thought of how to keep these people fed and busy or let Darwinian observation prevail, not such a remote idea at all.

Society sooner than later reaching the threshold of having to pay a lot of people to stay at home and stop ‘producing’, or at least perform social duties in exchange for guaranteed income, preventing them from gratuitous thrill seeking or the falling into personal depression and crime.

That a conference decade upon decade blindly focusing on ‘Now’, on ‘Growth’, on ‘Development’, concerned with ‘Gain’, always ‘Bigger’, ‘Better’, ‘More’ and still… ‘More’ is a conference of the visionless, unable to view the soft-landing, intelligent economic reduction of nations the future demands, while hanging onto our planet for dear life…

Or better still, hanging on to our dear planet for life. But what to expect from decision-makers repeatedly found to be mostly smiling, always smiling but ambitious, blatant buskers performing only on the pavements of history. Their show one day turning out to have been a mere side show. A prelude, to continuation… or life zero.

Ah, yes, details! After the photographs, let’s do dinner, Your Excellencies!

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