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Mon, Mar. 26th, 2007 01:16 am
(Don't want to live in a) hub and spoke world

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imomus
imomus
imomus
Mon, Mar. 26th, 2007 12:09 pm (UTC)

I get a bit anxious when someone refers to a country as a "market" -- or a citizen as a "consumer", for that matter! It's the fact that citizens are more than consumers, and nations are more than markets, which makes government intervention in culture essential.


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barnacle
barnacle
The Plain People of Ireland
Mon, Mar. 26th, 2007 02:51 pm (UTC)

Congratulations: you have had the luxury of developing those personal tastes in a richer environment than the prevailing monoculture. Even Adam Smith warned against too much reliance on the invisible guiding hand, and the whole thing was his idea. To claim from a position of good cultural education, in the face of potentially declining cultural variety, that the marketplace will solve problems that it has shown itself singularly ill-equipped to solve in the past will do nobody any good when all the well-rounded aesthetes are dead and buried.

And the notion that technology advances will somehow lead us without prompting, and legislative and cultural assiduousness, to mobility and liquidity in anything is utopian to say the least. It denies whole swathes of limiting technology: regionalization, DRM, biometric identification, improved surveillance and all the aspects of our lives that have become circumscribed by technological advances. Such a claim begs more questions than I know how to answer outside of a PhD thesis, but I note in passing that the only item of recent technology I own that I can guarantee will bring liquidity to almost any situation is my handheld blender. Even then, it's no good with nuts.


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