Administrivia: I have two Mastodon profiles.
It turns out that this ... is useful. So you might care to follow both in the event of future disruptions.
(You might also want to consider having multiple profiles yourself.)
Nazis plus Confederates plus terrorists plus riots plus hardcore destroy-everyone-without-a-job capitalism plus automate-away-all-the-jobs techno-libertarianism plus zero-privacy-except-for-the-security-elite always-online cloud computing plus rising sea levels
minus housing minus savings minus healthcare minus bees minus trees minus coral reefs minus icecaps minus antibiotics minus herd immunity.
That seems to be our baseline near-midterm future right now.
Now, how will we get through it?
#Visual #Art - National Geographic #Photography at its finest. Number 8 with that spectacular sky is simply incredible.
About the rise of "superstar firms" with significant market power, high profits and a low share of labor:
"A more subtle story, however, is that firms initially gain high market shares by legitimately competing on the merits of their innovations or superior efficiency. Once they have gained a commanding position, however, they use their market power to erect various barriers to entry to protect their position."
My one problem with the Sustainable Development Goals that drives me crazy
'The Sustainable Development Goals were never going to be perfect. They have flaws because they are trying to make progress from within the capitalist system we have. They sidestep fundamental causes of poverty like structural readjustments [and] the history of colonialism. They seek to bring the poor and ordinary up, but don’t dare to mention the elephant in the room: that the elite have too much.'
Arguably, this is partly due to individuals making poor choices. But wage stagnation means that, to live within our means, the average Canadian would see a decline in quality of life compared to their parents. Given that, as a country, we have more wealth than ever before, that's unreasonable and unfair. There's no reason quality of life should be degrading as the nation acquires more wealth, but that's late-stage capitalism for you.
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