“The guests, beneath yards and yards of suffocating pink satin sit in the banqueting marquis, served exquisite Gallic food prepared by Maxim’s of Paris…while outside the locked-out millions watched on TV the noisy emptiness of it all.”
‘Inequality is threatening Capitalism itself,’ is unequivocally proposed in this interesting and revealing documentary The Super-Rich and Us for BBC television. Jacques Peretti heads off to interview economists and billionaires in an attempt to try and find out if the Super-Rich are net contributors or not.
Recent OECD figures suggest that Britain’s economy would have grown by twenty per cent had the rich paid their fair share of tax and wealth was spread more evenly.
One of the main themes in Dan Simmons’Hyperion Cantos is how humanity’s future among the stars may be affected by artificial intelligence (AI).
“Simmons wants us to know that while AI is potentially highly toxic, malignantly thrashing about in its own depth, conversely it can cast light on the mind-soul scoop that lies paradoxically at the heart of man’s nature.”
‘Those in power tell stories to make sense of the complexity of reality,’ begins the avuncular voice of the commentator in Bitter Lake, edited and directed by Adam Curtis, and currently on the BBC’s iPlayer.
“‘This is a film about why those stories have stopped making sense, and how that led us in the West to become a dangerous and destructive force in the world.’”