Gem of the day

It's hard to pick just one gem from writer Will Self's editorial skewering The Economist's new glossy hardcover tome, The World in 2050, but here goes:

"For [The Economist], the world in 2050 is pretty much business as usual, ie: bigger, faster and more profitable. I suppose it's hardly surprising that those who write for a magazine called 'The Economist' are so sold on the notion that sheer quantity is itself a sufficient measure of the good life. In this rabid utilitarianism – which understands the price of everything but the value of nothing – they are the unlikely bedfellows of that arch-moderniser Josef Stalin, whose mantra it was that 'Quantity has a quality all of its own'. However, if you ask me, that quality is largely … bullshit."


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