Per person, their productivity is likely negative.
I don’t understand how social housing is even available for the cities, when it’s a luxury to move there.
The Chinese do deliberately rip off exports on quality though. The same goods are made better for Chinese consumption, like steel quality. That might sound minor, unless there’s a war on.
The problem with the cities is twofold: one, it attracts the hardworking because jobs are scarce. This has been true since the Industrial Revolution. Secondly, there is too much entertainment. Too many bread and circuses. You shut down the cinema, the theatres, the comedy stages, the football fields, and suddenly the misery of living in such close proximity to people who hate you would be insufferable.
London is the worst for it. You can come to London but you can never leave.
Dopamine fiends, all of us.
We grow luvvies and other wastes of space who think they did something.
Attention is like air to a blow-up doll to these people.
The arts are the worst for ego-stroking. It’s all so fake. Everything is amazing and mind-blowing and great.
Really? Your burger is great?
On the level of Alexander?!
They’re just trying to justify the debt expense.
Take ’em down, someone please, take them down the dozens of pegs where they learn their skills actually settle.
They and their lifestyle wouldn’t be possible without illegal slave labour. God forbid they watch their own child or drive them to school or clean their own toilets.
The greatest thing I ever read about the Roman Empire is that they reviled actors. Openly. They’d mock them in the streets. About as far away from the respect of a philosopher, to dole out political advice. They were known to be brats and degenerates and socially excluded as such. They are literally professional liars.
Here, we give them Knighthoods.
I await the grim spectre of fiscal death.