Words of wisdom from
This terribly erudite essay comes from the London Review of Books and badly needs a long, hard editing. Most of us can think of better things to do than read 13,000 words, even if one of them is “anathematisation”, so in short:
“It’s an infantile comfort that is also a black pit.” – for both reader and author
* – You remember, the Modern Age, it ran from about 1911 to 1973, bringing us jet planes, fascism, and atom powered miniskirts. In response, Tolkein (and a few others) wrote very long books about how everything was better before we got all uppity and invented Progress. Luckily, since 1971 there’s been very little Progress, on account of the price of oil**.
** – This statement is only poetically true. But we’re talking about Literature here, so get used to it.
It’s a concept that looks pretty, has no idea how to pay for itself, and suffers from the same fake terra nullius delusion that infects US libertarians. Just imagine, you too could be trapped in a floating appartment block, populated by ruggedly libertarian individualists all trying to solve community problems while loudly proclaiming the inadequacy of all previous attempts at creating communities. I can’t imagine anything more fun.
But it does look pretty:
GM in NZ – will the debate be different this time around?
Or will there be a debate at all? My guess is that the current government will implement hands-off regulations that allow the use of GM plants and animals. Are they hoping that loosening the laws won’t create a big backlash? Or are they sufficiently confident that they have enough of a parliamentary majority that they can get away with putting in such a potentially unpopular set of laws? (See also the Auckland supercouncil, water meters, and several other unpopular policies that I think we’ll end up with, regardless.)