Once the stock exchanges are open 7 days a week, our journey towards the dark side will be complete
We’re so happy we can hardly count” —Roger Waters, Have A Cigar
The Brexit was officially born on June 23rd, which happened to be a Thursday. That left the worldwide stock exchanges very little time to react: only one day. As I write this blog, we are in the eye of the hurricane, that zero zone, that no man’s land of Saturday and Sunday when everybody feels something should be happening as a result of the Brexit, but doesn’t because it will have to wait till Monday. Even if the outcome is good and there will be no collapse, we still have to wait till Monday to be sure.
This reminds me, once again, of Burning Neil Armstrong, the story/essay I wrote many years ago, even before 9/11. In this story, the stock exchanges have already opened permanently, for the full twenty-four hours, seven days a week.
I still believe that this will be a logical outcome of the powerful capitalism we have set free: an economy that never stops. A true super economy.
An economy so intense, that the respons to something like a Brexit would be instantaneously, never delayed like it is now.
So while I wait for this weekend to pass — enjoying other things in the mean time — I wonder if we live to see this moment. It is a real possibility if there’s money to be made; that much we’ve learned. Computers can do the work, we can hang around for leisure.
I’m not kidding. Because logically it makes sense in today’s world, where money dictates everything — read Makers & Takers, the new book by Time Magazine’s Rana Foroohar, a stunning acount of the worldwide takeover by financialisation. The people don’t rule; we are ruled by the money men behind the green door. (Green as in dollar-green.)
But logic aside, it is utterly insane, of course. We may live to see the day that the economy expands even further, and that is a dark destination for humans, no doubt. It is that destination that is described, albeit with some exaggeration, in Burning Neil Armstrong.
Juny 25th 2016
The quote by Roger Waters is from the Pink Floyd album Wish You Were Here. I am indebted to the powerful way Waters has voiced his ideas about the money men, and the way Pink Floyd put this to music.
Burning Neil Armstrong was originally published in the literary magazine Nymph (Amsterdam 2002). More information and links to Amazon, Apple iBooks and Kobo are on this page.