Headed to Burnley today, it's in a similar condition to Rochdale and other deprived northern towns and it got me thinking about that Gibson quote: "The future is already here – it’s just not very evenly distributed". The life in these towns is how everywhere will be very soon, that's the future. The shops that are open consist of a few chain stores, second-hand gadget shops where people sell gear out of desperation, a few bookies and pubs. At least half the shops are vacant.

Relayed this to a friend who said Rochdale was like that when he worked there and how glad he was he'd escaped to Belgium, but my response to that was that might have bought him a few years 'normality' at best. The future comes at you fast.


It also reminded me of a job interview I went to 5+ years ago in some Thames estuary town outside London (name escapes me). As soon as I got off the train I knew I wouldn't even make the interview the next day. It was an incredibly depressing place, still had some hustle and bustle but also had a severe heroin problem. My worry is that decay will spread with the coming inflation, I've been preoccupied with the housing crash when the boomers realise nobody can afford to buy their nest eggs.

It's looking likely there'll be no 'great adjustment' when that post-war generation dies off. Things are just going to get bad very quickly for the vast majority of people.

You don't need to worry about robots taking your job, there won't be any robots. There won't be any jobs either though.

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