With so much going on and the need for change so apparent, we need a place for talking about how so many of these culture wars are begun (or just manipulated into becoming) a way to prosecute the class war: the rich against the rest.
It’s always time to cut taxes for the rich…
The rich against the mechanic:
In which Georg Hegel, a notoriously bad writer, returns to Berlin too soon and dies of the butt plague:
Self-driving cars still don’t work and have no credible technological solution to make them work. So what the fuck is this bullshit?
Also, cars suck.
Labor unions for individual companies will always be weaker than management. Collective bargaining always weaker than the oligopoly that controls their industry. Narratives lock in the expectation that resistance will fail.
Unscientific collapse porn is still going strong.
More response to Planet of the Humans.
From Thorstein Veblen’s The Theory of the Leisure Class:
Social advance, especially as seen from the point of view of economic theory, consists in a continued progressive approach to an approximately exact “adjustment of inner relations to outer relations”, but this adjustment is never definitively established, since the “outer relations” are subject to constant change as a consequence of the progressive change going on in the “inner relations.” But the degree of approximation may be greater or less, depending on the facility with which an adjustment is made. A readjustment of men’s habits of thought to conform with the exigencies of an altered situation is in any case made only tardily and reluctantly, and only under the coercion exercised by a stipulation which has made the accredited views untenable. The readjustment of institutions and habitual views to an altered environment is made in response to pressure from without; it is of the nature of a response to stimulus. Freedom and facility of readjustment, that is to say capacity for growth in social structure, therefore depends in great measure on the degree of freedom with which the situation at any given time acts on the individual members of the community-the degree of exposure of the individual members to “the constraining forces of the environment. If any portion or class of society is sheltered from the action of the environment in any essential respect, that portion of the community, or that class, will adapt its views and its scheme of life more tardily to the altered general situation; it will in so far tend to retard the process of social transformation. The wealthy leisure class is in such a sheltered position with respect to the economic forces that make for change and readjustment. And it may be said that the forces which make for a readjustment of institutions, especially in the case of a modern industrial community, are, in the last analysis, almost entirely of an economic nature.
Mandatory meth for wartime production, absolute prohibition of everything but alcohol since: