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Fri, Feb. 5th, 2010 10:43 am
Mr Pantouffle's self-fab skyhut

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(Anonymous)
Fri, Feb. 5th, 2010 07:01 pm (UTC)
Groucho Marxism?

How sad. Is this what it's come to? Romanticizing/commending/legitimizing the dire straits of late-capitalism? You've really shown your twisted middle-class bourgeois aesthete side here, Nick. Your politics ended up being closer to Groucho than Karl...

Instead of couching these economic horrors in terms of ingenuity and efficiency (one can see the bourgeois capitalist now, "Hey! Good for these people, they're making do quite well!!") why not ask --how/why-- things have come to this, and what, if anything, we as conscientious, worldly people could do about it. I mean a little more than figuring out a way to glob onto and live off of a horrific, late-capitalist society such as you've documented...


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farblust
farblust
Sat, Feb. 6th, 2010 01:27 am (UTC)
Re: Groucho Marxism?

actually most of the sheds on the rooftops sprung up during the 50s, when there were many people fleeing from the cultural revolution from mainland china, and there was a shortage of housing at the time. These sheds grew up organically and are not products of the "late-capitalism" after the 1980s open door policy of Mainland China. Although I do agree many of these rooftop houses are not really safe and legal to live in, but some of them are well-built and can be comfortable. Some tenants actually prefer living in one of those than living in some super-packed public housing.


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(Anonymous)
Sat, Feb. 6th, 2010 09:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Groucho Marxism?

doesn't matter what "period" they're from, and it certainly doesn't excuse the failure of the system to provide humane housing for its citizens.


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