I’ve been thinking about the concurrent crises we face – peak oil, climate change, and tightening food supply – how the limits to growth are starting to hit us and how, each reinforcing the other, they constitute the major challenges to our collective welfare in the years to come. I’ve been thinking about how we need to respond, now, while we can, to these dawning emergencies. I’ll be writing on these topics on days to come.
I’ve also been thinking about what the Right has in store for us this year. The basic game plan is obvious because it’s what they have done every time they have been in power, indeed it is why the parties were established. That plan is to ensure ever larger wealth for those who hold the most wealth by protecting their interests, weakening restrictions on their exploitation of resources – natural resources and labour, and weakening work rights so that the power advantage of capital inherent in capitalism is enhanced meaning worse pay and conditions for workers. Since we are going to be in recession we are going to have a smaller pie to divide among more people and those who own the capital will be in a position to ensure their slice keeps getting bigger. I’ll be writing more about that too.
But, for now, I put to you a puzzle that has come up a surprising number of times over my break and for which no-one has been able to postulate an adequate explanation. Except, perhaps, the one below. Why is that we are beset by ever more of these bloody decorative pillows?
Actually, here’s another puzzle I came across, arguably, a more troubling and perplexing one:
Why is the pie, and only the pie, anthropomorphised?