Zenarchery.com » Full text of the Grim Meathook Future thing : The upshot of all of this is that the Future gets divided; the cute, insulated future that Joi Ito and Cory Doctorow and you and I inhabit, and the grim meathook future that most of the world is facing, in which they watch their squats and under-developed fields get turned into a giant game of Counterstrike between crazy faith-ridden jihadist motherfuckers and crazy faith-ridden American redneck motherfuckers, each doing their best to turn the entire world into one type of fascist nightmare or another.

It's not evenly distributed! There are other futures. But what's probably scariest for us middle class westerners who live in a provincial suburban town is that we have our own version of the meathook future. Where the oil gets ridiculously expensive, house prices spiral out of reach of our debt ridden children and we're spied on continuously by the local crazy, nanny state government motherfuckers lest we rise up and start shouting "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it any more". Of course that doesn't even begin to compare with living in the Counterstrike game. But try telling that to the inhabitants of a racially mixed Paris suburb, or a Chicago Project, or a council housing estate in Leeds.

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