Besides being a beautiful addition to Milan’s skyline, the Vertical Forest is also incredibly practical. The foliage insulates the apartments from city noises and reduces energy consumption; during the summer the leaves block out hot sunlight and during the winter the bare branches let heat in. On top of the that, the plants produce boatloads of oxygen while cleaning up smog from the air.
There is no American Mao, but there are millions of good little Maoists all over America bent on persecuting anyone who departs from a party line that now dominates the bubble of campus life. It’s a weird home-grown mixture of Puritan witch-hunting, racial paranoia, and sexual hysteria, and it comes loaded with a lexicon of jargon — “micro-aggression,” “trigger warnings,” “speech codes,” etc — designed to enforce uniformity in thinking, and to punish departures from it.
None of the underlying issues that caused our problems back in 2008 and 2009 have been fixed. Instead, we just became even bigger and bolder with our mistakes. In the period between the last recession and today, we witnessed the greatest debt binge in the history of the planet. Now a lot of that debt is starting to go bad, and the Bank for International Settlements says that their “dashboard of risk is flashing red”.
Rating systems have turned customers into unwitting and sometimes unwittingly ruthless middle managers