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Gentrification is the topic everyone is discussing, with the systematic pricing-out of problem populations (to provincial demographic dump-zones) as the scandal no one in polite society can admit to any ambivalence about. It’s unspeakable, of course, especially since it is making the place so much nicer. An undertow of London secessionist rumor — straight out of The Peripheral — adds to the dark buzz. Also crucial is the “best horse in the glue-factory” dividend from the implosion of continental Europe. Overall, then, a vortical collapse dynamic of far more intriguing ambiguity than expected by the civilizational exiles here at Outside in.

… And overlooking the process (at Marble Arch): the ‘She-Guardian’ — make of her what you will.

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  • London | Neoreactive Says:

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  • gnonsense Says:

    @ ‘She-Guardian’

    gnonster

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    Posted on June 26th, 2015 at 9:35 pm Reply | Quote
  • Gromboolian Says:

    I suppose she is savagery, but there is a terrifying undercurrent. I hope you will provide more London observations during your visit.

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    Posted on June 26th, 2015 at 10:04 pm Reply | Quote
  • Mark Warburton Says:

    Michael Lind should check London out too. His thesis of ‘feudal anarchy’ might well map onto this city… M25 satellite towns to be continued.

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    Posted on June 26th, 2015 at 10:20 pm Reply | Quote
  • Donovan Greene Says:

    I wish I could say I was faking edginess by pretending to like that thing, but it seems a rare burst of true authenticity has hit me. I actually like it. I actually, actually like it.

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  • London | Reaction Times Says:

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  • Mechanomica Says:

    She’s fantastic. Telling, I suppose, that the artist felt compelled to defend his work as non-aggressive.

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    John Hannon Reply:

    “Give me your tired, your poor,
    Your huddled masses ….”

    http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/migrants-sleep-rough-at-acclaimed-she-guardian-statue-at-marble-arch-10306887.html

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  • Saul Solex Says:

    “making the place so much nicer”

    is admin going soft?

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    admin Reply:

    It’s only with this visit that I’m understanding what a hard edge ‘nice’ really has.

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    Posted on June 27th, 2015 at 8:29 am Reply | Quote
  • Michael Says:

    Even though gentrification is making me rich in NYC, they are not simply being dumped anywhere. Here in the US at least there is a plan to mix them into affluent areas,The courts have found unsurprisingly that lack of black is hate manifest so the man gotta pay today. So government loans go to a certain type of developer who will target white suburbs tto build with government money.
    Also the justice dept has filed suits to force things like public transportation systems on hard to get to areas clever huh.
    In the end its too late anyway recent trips around the country to very rural formally all white prole areas reveal nothing is like that anymore. and if it is. the government finds it a great place to settle a few thousand refugees. its not a matter of becoming Brazil we are Brazil

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    Erebus Reply:

    The US is not Brazil. Not quite.

    I think that there’s an interesting distinction between the two, and it is that Brazil patched itself together more-or-less naturally. Take some rapacious Portugese, take some truly savage indigenous tribes, take a very large population of African slaves, mix them all together for a couple hundred years under Brazil’s hellish equatorial sun, give them a degraded folk-Christianity, and a (very typically South American) inclination towards populism and bureaucracy and corruption… and one is left with Brazil, circa 2015. Hard to see how it could be otherwise.

    What’s happening to America is much, much worse. This “Brazilification” is a top-down process. One almost has to wonder: Does the Cathedral look at Brazil and like what it sees? Or are they convinced that Brazilification is inevitable, and should therefore be embraced?

    …And don’t even get me started on the UK, London in particular…

    (Aside: Speaking of South America, Chile is really quite a nice place. Very sane and business-friendly. Might make a decent option for “exit” & investment — and, the way things are starting to look, perhaps sooner rather than later…)

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    Kgaard Reply:

    Chile is well into the decline itself. People there look much worse than 15 years ago. Tattoos, obesity, bad fashion choices, Michele Bachelet etc etc. Corporate tax rates on the rise.

    On Brazil, it’s not just the Cathedral that is causing all this — it’s the Cathedral in cahoots with capital. Left wing and right wing are playing equal roles. Brazil is an oligarch’s paradise and a small businessman’s nightmare.

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    Erebus Reply:

    Is there a nation that’s evading this decline? That’s what I’d like to know. City-states like Hong Kong, Singapore, and Monaco have long had more sensible policies than any large nation — but things aren’t looking too rosy for them right now, either.

    Chile, for all its faults, is still the best nation in its region and among the most sensible and stable in the world. Whatever decline it is experiencing right now can be reversed — that pendulum can swing in the other direction. In this respect it may differ from the USA and the nations of Western Europe, which may be too far-gone to save themselves.

    I think you misunderstood me on Brazil. I should have been more clear. I believe that the Cathedral has had little to do with the troubles of that nation. But this thing we call “Brazilification” (which I take to mean widespread racial miscegenation, the destruction of the middle class, and socialist/populist/bureaucratic creep as more and more come to rely upon a paternalistic government) is without question approved, if only tacitly, by every institution that we would consider part of the Cathedral.

    Brett Stevens Reply:

    The US is not Brazil. Not quite.

    I agree, with one modification: not yet.

    Gentrification is the topic everyone is discussing, with the systematic pricing-out of problem populations (to provincial demographic dump-zones) as the scandal no one in polite society can admit to any ambivalence about. It’s unspeakable, of course, especially since it is making the place so much nicer.

    Same thing happened in New York when they had an Italian strongman (“ey… you lookin’ at me?”) to run the place.

    Now under liberal rule, it appears to be reverting to its bad old 1970s self.

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  • Mark Warburton Says:

    Speaking of Lind and Braziling, maybe this film is the lef-wing POV of the process – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0418819/

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  • Hattori Says:

    Darkness spreads, Rush Limbaugh: “Conservatism has become not a force of opposition but for fine tuning socialism.”

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    Alan J. Perrick Reply:

    @HattoriIt’s a rudder.

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  • Andie Freud Says:

    Isn’t that the Basilisk that all those nutcups were frightened of a while back?

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  • Mark Citadel Says:

    Looks like a fiend from hell ready to devour a dead civilization. Could it have been placed better?

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  • Artemisia Says:

    She’s beautiful; I’ve seen a smaller version in Moscow. Fitting that she stands where Namdakov’s Ghengis Khan stood before her – the Ghengis sculpture was criticized as aggressive, although it really wasn’t. THIS is a completely different thing now. She takes representations of nomadic savagery to a new level.
    They initially wanted to install her in Kazan, Tatarstan, but the Muslims said they have and need no guardian but Allah and found her terribly offensive. She makes one take her fiercely pagan air seriously somehow – makes me like her even more, if that’s at all possible.

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  • Alan J. Perrick Says:

    @HattoriIt’s a rudder.

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