The worst case scenario

An accurate depiction of the worst case scenario.

All of a sudden I am hoping for the worst!

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  1. Oh, but it looks worth watching. If the excerpt is representative, this could become a cult classic like “Repo Man” — unless they put all the good disaster filmage in the excerpt and the rest is all posies and bunnies.

  2. PS, if you want the more serious worst case scenario:

    Brief excerpt to tempt you:

    Douglas Rushkoff: All I wanted to do [in writing Life Inc.] was show how we got here, how this way of life was sold to us in the 20th century by the very same folks who originally saw fascism as a great idea, and why I believed it to be economically unsustainable. Remember, now, every chief economist of every major investment firm or bank I spoke with insisted that the economy was sound, and that it was bound for increasing expansion. And none of them knew what I was talking about when I asked them about the biases of the money we use. “There were other kinds of money?” they all asked, amazed.

    Kurt Andersen: Actually, the ideas in Reset germinated six or seven years ago, when I was deep into historical research for Heyday, my most recent novel, which is set in the mid-19th century. Through that research and writing, I acquired a new gut understanding of what I take to be the cyclical course of American economic and political history, and of the concomitant bipolar nature of the American character — that is, how America has always swung back and forth between Yankee prudence and manic magical thinking, between free-market worship and communitarian public-spiritedness, between financially driven busts and bubbly booms. …

  3. @ Hank

    That video is unbelievable… I love it. As for your other ‘worst case scenario’ I can’t really comment with any authority. It is way out of my area of expertise.

    And yes the movie looks awesome(ly bad!).

    @ Anna

    Are you sure this is a humour post;)

  4. Actually I think Rushkoff has understood ecology there; his point is a familiar one among ecologists — that “money” increases faster than anything in the natural world based on primary production. I recall decades ago someone worked out the cold numbers and pointed out that economically, the whaling industry should harvest all the whales, sell the machinery for its scrap value, and put the money in to Tokyo real estate where it would go on increasing in value at a far higher rate.

    Yes, that was stupid. But so was economics at the time — that was the worst case, going on with economics ignorant of ecology.

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