"Part of me wants to smash it all up. I want to see the British bubble
burst: the imperial nostalgia, the groundless belief in the inherent
greatness of this nation; the casual dishonesty of those who govern us;
the xenophobia; the intolerance; the denial; the complacency. I want
those who have caused the coming disaster to own it, so that nobody ever
believes them again. No-deal Brexit? Bring it on.
Such dark thoughts do not last long. It will be the poor who get hurt,
first and worst. The rich leavers demanding the hardest of possible
Brexits, with their offshore accounts, homes abroad and lavish pensions,
will be all right. I remember the eerie silence of the City of London.
While the bosses of companies producing goods and tangible services
write anxious letters to the papers, the financial sector has stayed
largely shtum. Shorting sterling is just the first of its possible gains."
Via Muse, who wrote:
"I've been in a similar thought space about the US for many years as
George Monbiot about Britain in the article. The sort of damage the US
has done to the rest of the world is such that sometimes I really want
to see it crash so badly that it can no longer harm other peoples and
nations. The difficulty is that many innocent people within the US would
be harmed in the process, and many of the worst perpetrators of harm
would just scatter to greener pastures."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics