plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose...
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Author:  AndyHedge [ Sun Mar 08, 2009 6:55 pm ]
Post subject:  plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose...

Having a rummage through some old magazines today, I came across a story by the late George Collyn (Colin Pilkington) called *Wine on an Empty Stomach*. It was published in New Worlds 42 years ago and this is the intro...
The repetitive pattern of boom and slump set up, of its own momentum, an oscillation within the financial structure of the economy which, by its progressive intensity, ultimately destroyed that structure.” Which is how the economists explain the downfall of a society based upon technology and commerce. The sour-fruit taste of a nation sliding into chaos is always made more palatable by the sweet sauce of academic explanation.

The military junta, who threw out the politicians, had their own explanation: “The government,” they said, “made a balls-up.” Which was explicit without being explanatory. No one ever explained the series of councils, juntas and messianic societies which replaced, succeeded and overthrew one another until all effective government was destroyed.

A chilling and all too relevant little gem from the Mike Moorock era New Worlds (Vol 51, No. 177, 1967).

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