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Murari , interested in socio-economic issues. Jul, 27 2016

Trump Could possibly win, Brexit happened, UK's job market is hitting rock bottom. The future is uncertain and unpredictable!


Not all our current uncertainty is a result of the EU referendum. We worry increasingly about things that never concerned our parents. Will Donald Trump be US president in November? Will the combination of rocketing property market and burden of student debt mean that you’ll never be able to afford downpayment on something bigger than a lock-up in Willesden? Is it more financially wise to keep your money under the mattress rather than entrust it to a bank following warnings from NatWest that it may charge customers for depositing their cash? Is it worth saving at all now that negative interest rates are being considered? Possibly worst of all, following a spate of murderous attacks across Europe and now Japan, we’re increasingly uncertain about our safety when we go beyond our front doors.
Not all our current uncertainty is a result of the EU referendum. We worry increasingly about things that never concerned our parents. Will Donald Trump be US president in November? Will the combination of rocketing property market and burden of student debt mean that you’ll never be able to afford downpayment on something bigger than a lock-up in Willesden? Is it more financially wise to keep your money under the mattress rather than entrust it to a bank following warnings from NatWest that it may charge customers for depositing their cash? Is it worth saving at all now that negative interest rates are being considered? Possibly worst of all, following a spate of murderous attacks across Europe and now Japan, we’re increasingly uncertain about our safety when we go beyond our front doors.

Mayank , Jul, 27 2016


The whole point of politics is to provide us with security and predictability in social life. Freud understood this decades ago. Politics is a way to resolve a fundamental conflict in the human condition between a desire for absolute freedom and a desire for absolute security/predictability; a world of absolute freedom is also one of chaos and thus unbearable anxiety, and a world of absolute security is one of no freedom. These desires exist in tension and the resolution is never final. Its all well and good to tell people to embrace chaos, but back to the real world; if our politics cant swing things further to the pole of security then it probably needs replacing. You cant just order people to repress their anxiety, the psyche doesnt work like that.
The whole point of politics is to provide us with security and predictability in social life. Freud understood this decades ago. Politics is a way to resolve a fundamental conflict in the human condition between a desire for absolute freedom and a desire for absolute security/predictability; a world


Ajay , Jul, 27 2016


All this uncertainty talk couldnt just be a ruse to withhold salary increases (in line with cost of living increases) from workers on the grounds that We just dont know whats going to happen in the future, or worse You are all going to have to go casual from now on could it? Couldnt it also be the exact same ruse used by utilities, insurance, government service providers and local councils to jack up their rates because We just dont know what could happen in the future? We can be certain, however, that the media will continue to sound the seven trumpets of uncertainty in the hope that readers and viewers, searching for some grasp of certainty, will click in their direction. You really think the period from the end of WW2 until the mid-80s was 40 years of rock solid certainty? If the captains of Industry and the political and economic leadership cohort could function well enough back then, they certainly could now. Or is it that something else has changed instead?
All this uncertainty talk couldnt just be a ruse to withhold salary increases (in line with cost of living increases) from workers on the grounds that We just dont know whats going to happen in the future, or worse You are all going to have to go casual from now on could it? Couldnt it also be the e


diksha , Jul, 27 2016


The internet has changed the economic landscape considerably. Its also changed the socio-political landscape considerably as well. How exactly all of these trends set in motion by the world wide web will pan out remain uncertain, given we are in the middle of it. Mass immigration into the West has also caused upheaval on multiple levels. Fact is, half a century ago Britain was around 95%+ white indigenous British. You can love immigration or loathe it, but you cant deny its wrought profound influence upon the country. I am sure others can come up with a lot more issues probably better ones than I. Point is, its a little odd to talk about an age of uncertainty and ignore any of the underlying causes.
The internet has changed the economic landscape considerably. Its also changed the socio-political landscape considerably as well. How exactly all of these trends set in motion by the world wide web will pan out remain uncertain, given we are in the middle of it. Mass immigration into the West has


Nikitanamrita , Jul, 27 2016


We could be looking at a future where only a small fraction of the population are actually needed for that though. Theres no reason with the advances in robotics, and their falling in prices, that all manufacturing could be done in a factory where no human has to set foot, reading all the data from a base 5,000 km away, self-repairing robots with an endless supply of replacements sitting idle just awaiting remote activation. Remember, 100 years ago flight was just beginning, now we have managed to send a spacecraft beyond the solar system. Just imagine if you told one of your ancestors, on the day that a Battle started, that you could walk about with a device small enough to fit in your pocket being able to contact any person you know instantly & watch what they are doing at that second, then add on that said device enabled every fact in the universe to be at your beck & call. We have only just started to explore the things we can do with computers & the www, interesting times are coming for all, no matter who, what or where you are.
We could be looking at a future where only a small fraction of the population are actually needed for that though. Theres no reason with the advances in robotics, and their falling in prices, that all manufacturing could be done in a factory where no human has to set foot, reading all the data from


John , Jul, 27 2016


The problem of our times is the rapid decline of wisdom in public life. Peoples opinions are informed by media, governments are formed by parties that have been hijacked by multinational corporations which have no commitment to any country or any society other than their own upper echelon employees, and their greed-blinded investors. Philosophy has been reduced to science babble psychobabble news commentary, such as in this article. Institutions that once created stability, poorly founded as that was, such as religions, now are mired in first millennium pettiness and violent competition with each other, such as the Bush Blair Howard crusade against Islam in Iraq and its daily terrorism consequences now, and the lively parts such as the evangelicals are no more than blatant conmen. The only institutions that have the power to change this direction are elected governments in our democracies. So we need to vote mature wise people into government, not petty competition-sports political party hacks we see everywhere at the moment. And then these governments need to make life, community, and culture affirming decisions and show real leadership in implementing them.
The problem of our times is the rapid decline of wisdom in public life. Peoples opinions are informed by media, governments are formed by parties that have been hijacked by multinational corporations which have no commitment to any country or any society other than their own upper echelon employees,


Ritesh Aggarwal , Jul, 27 2016


It seems to me that a significant and fundamental change in the global economy is happening. Firstly, more people are waking up to the fact that the richest 1% are creaming it while the rest are subject to austerity. Secondly and more fundamentally Homo sapiens is coming up against global resource limits. Up till now we have been able to fantasise about endless economic growth - the physical resources upon which that growth is based (strategic minerals, fish stocks, arable land, potable water, cheap energy and a benign, stable climate) seemed unlimited and were taken for granted. So we have built our economy on that assumption. We have borrowed a lot of money from the merchant bankers, in the attempt to create the glossy-magazine lifestyle for all, including the citizens of developing nations. But a few people are starting to realise that, given finite global resources, the global economy is basically a massive ponzi scheme based on the cargo-cult of everlasting growth; and that even if we rein in the tax dodgers and other parasites, the future lies in a smaller economy with less disposable income for many of us. The question then is, do we fight over the available resources, do we go on allowing the rich to sequester most of them, or do we cooperate and create something approaching a fair and equitable society? Uncertain times indeed; but there are positives - we still live longer than our ancestors, we suffer less from ghastly diseases, we dont have to be held down while surgeons operate on us without anaesthetics, we dont risk being burnt at the stake, and we have toilet paper, which I perceive as one of civilizations greatest boons.
It seems to me that a significant and fundamental change in the global economy is happening. Firstly, more people are waking up to the fact that the richest 1% are creaming it while the rest are subject to austerity. Secondly and more fundamentally Homo sapiens is coming up against global resource l