Everyone feels locked to some degree in to the neoliberal economy, knowing that, if it crashes, those of modest wealth and income will lose proportionately far more than the plutocrats who exploit them. That explains why the 2008 crisis didn’t lead to a revival of the left, which was in any case woefully short of coherent answers. On the contrary, by exposing the fragility of capitalism, it made most voters keen to avoid further jeopardy.

Local communities are never, ever going to come up with their own plans on the scale required to fix this mess. They’re just not. Nobody with a view of rolling fields is ever going to suddenly decide they’d be happier with one of a housing estate; no one with a £500,000 house secretly wishes it was only worth £250,000. By expecting local people to come up with a housing plan themselves, all you do is enable those who already have homes to block any effort to help those who don’t.

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“You have to write the way you see things. I tell people, Make a list of ten things you hate and tear them down in a short story or poem. Make a list of ten things you love and celebrate them. When I wrote Fahrenheit 451 I hated book burners and I loved libraries. So there you are.” —Ray Bradbury
Illustration from the first serialization of the novel in Playboy (March, April, and May 1954).

theparisreview:

“You have to write the way you see things. I tell people, Make a list of ten things you hate and tear them down in a short story or poem. Make a list of ten things you love and celebrate them. When I wrote Fahrenheit 451 I hated book burners and I loved libraries. So there you are.” —Ray Bradbury

Illustration from the first serialization of the novel in Playboy (March, April, and May 1954).