Sudden collapse or slow and orderly decline?

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EJ Hurst

What do you think the future holds for the US economy?

Wednesday 20 July 2011 12:45:44 pm

Dmitry Orlov

Americans' ability to ignore what's actually happening around them is absolutely stunning, and will pull them through. The question is, through to what? As the physical economy continues to be hollowed out and more and more people become sidelined and fade from view, the remainder will continue to be mesmerized by shiny baubles in the form of new iPads and iPods and other gadgets. As the physical world crumbles and people actually begin to die off, they will be replaced by bots in the Amazon server cloud, tweeting and txting automated messages to preserve the illusion that social networks are composed of actual humans rather than bots.

Thursday 21 July 2011 01:16:54 pm

John Forry

As marginalisation occurs, as former owners and users of autos, for example, see those still cruising highways, then it is possible that roads suddenly become deposits of choice for obstacles to easy transit, and the previously "immune" are brought more down to earth. In short, a messy scenario with no really foreseeable outcomes other than: better to have a community on whom to rely as far as possible.

Saturday 06 August 2011 04:21:52 pm

WIlliam Yeates

wrong post

Sunday 07 August 2011 10:36:23 am