The best of capitalism is over for rich countries | The Guardian

Populations with access to technology and a sense of their human rights will not accept inequality

“…Now imagine the world of the central scenario: Los Angeles and Detroit look like Manila – abject slums alongside guarded skyscrapers; the UK workforce is a mixture of old white people and newly arrived young migrants; the middle-income job has all but disappeared. If born in 2014, then by 2060 you are either a 45-year-old barrister or a 45-year-old barista. There will be not much in-between. Capitalism will be in its fourth decade of stagnation and then – if we’ve done nothing about carbon emissions – the really serious impacts of climate change are starting to kick in…”

The best of capitalism is over for rich countries – and for the poor ones it will be over by 2060 | Paul Mason | Comment is free | The Guardian.

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Jonathan Erdman

Writer. In the summers, I live and work in the incredible state of Alaska, in the bush community of McCarthy, as the Executive Director of the Wrangell Mountain Center. When not in McCarthy, you'll typically find me in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California, writing and working with local activists. My primary writing project right now is a novel set in remote bush Alaska, of the magical realism genre wherein an earnest and independent young woman finds a mysterious radio belonging to her grandmother, a device that has paranormal bandwidth and a disturbing ability to mess with one's mental stability.

2 thoughts on “The best of capitalism is over for rich countries | The Guardian”

  1. Jon. They can’t even predict the weather this weekend. How on earth can you make a guess about what things will be like in 2060? I’m pushing up on 50. I can tell you, the people of the 60’s would never have imagined Barack Obama as President. In the 70’s we never would have imagined the government who outlawed abortion for even rape and incest would, 55 MILLION abortions later, be including abortifacients in a health care law mandate for every American. In the 80’s, the enlightment of AIDS and gays was impressed on the Nation’s consciousness, but we sure would never have imagined politicians would be passing legislation making gay marriage legal….in INDIANA – even though it was only for a day.

    If the future barista had stayed in school, she would be a barrister in 7 years – that is ONE thing that IS predictable. :shrug: Isn’t it?

    I dig your anarchist ideals – as we are in farm country and imagine ourselves to be self sufficient “boot straps, or die” folks…..but I’m not expecting the ideals of this administration to successfully ruin American in just 8 years. I’m hoping it is not a Republican or Democrat who wins in 2016…….because I don’t think we can live through another Bush or Clinton.


    1. Ha, ha! Yes I get that. These futuristic predictions are only guesses, at the end of the day. History can never be written in advance. And its flow is always a mystery. Still, if we didn’t project and try to predict the unpredictable, then we would risk being irresponsible, I suppose.

      Like you, I’d love to see someone emerge with new ideas. That’s why I followed the third party debates. Those candidates — whether farther to the right or farther to the left — tended to speak freely (since they didn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of winning) and could therefore all agree on some of the basic problems in the country. That was instructive. It’s also instructive that poll after poll show that Americans disagree with those who are governing them, which makes me wonder if democracy is as wonderful as we profess.

      And I also share the “boot straps or die” mentality. That’s why I am so critical of the wealthy and of the power that corporations have. I think that it takes away from the initiative of all of the rest of us.


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