I hypothesize that the Scandinavian morality of the top cultural things these days, ( the things E hates and diatribes about), ie " the kids are all right", "cage aux folles", and "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo", the two top grossing mainstream movies, books, and shows, is guaranteed to occur in our kind of economy where the stimuluses and jobs are confined to the organized workers, and greater efficiency for green service buildings.

Bill Rafter writes:

It all very nicely fits into the bread and circuses program.

And one would expect that the entertainment part would get increasingly outlandish– like a bubble.

Q: Are there any examples of entertainment bubbles. The Flapper age? 

Ken Drees write:

I read that explosions in men's fashions were key to tops–a la the 20's– how about dental fashion in the late 90's (grills) and those spinner hub caps on the escalades. 

Pitt T. Maner III writes:

A dystopian vision, not based in reality, that sells well in a gloom and doom environment. Perhaps a thin reed counter indicator:

"With the U.S. release this week of the final installment of Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy, the English-speaking world is again given a chance to indulge in a view of Scandinavia that is entirely dystopian. In Larsson's Sweden, the police are useless where they are not corrupt; the countryside is full of violent drug dealers; the rich are utterly unprincipled. It sounds like Mexico in the snow. This is no longer a clean, well-lighted place for Volvo owners. What went wrong? "

The tax cut argument, Swedish-style. 

More on Andrew Brown and his book, "Fishing in Utopia" and Swedish lessons learned:  

"Fishing in Utopia is a lament for a lost Eden. But it is more than that. Essentially it is a story of modern rootlessness and the search for something to believe in. The fact that that something turns out, absurdly, to be fishing only makes it more tragic."   


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