Category: Speculation

Month in Review: May, 2016: Part 2, Breaking the blogger’s fourth wall

21 July, 2016 (08:30) | Argentina, cadaster, China, Eurozone, Greece, Hedge funds, kayfabe, Land, Panama Papers, Personal, Sovereign bankruptcy, Speculation, Statistics, wrestling | No comments

By: David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1] In yesterday’s Part 1 of a content-additive review of my May posts, I introduced the concept of kayfabe to politics.  More precisely, I outed kayfabe as an essential ingredient of global politics these days, where communications cycles are so fast that truth isn’t even the […]

Month in Review: May, 2016: Part 1, The world of kayfabe

20 July, 2016 (09:00) | Argentina, cadaster, China, Eurozone, Greece, Hedge funds, kayfabe, Land, Panama Papers, Personal, Sovereign bankruptcy, Speculation, Statistics, wrestling | No comments

By: David A. Smith   Over the last few years, I have become consumed with the post-meta concept of kayfabe, the twenty-first century’s dominant mode of entertainment, as defined (in true kayfabe fashion) by Wikipedia’s entry on the subject, itself a kayfabe exercise in self-reference:   Never break the kayfabe   In professional wrestling, kayfabe […]

Pre-municipal cities, four typologies: Part 4b, The factory company factory town

19 July, 2016 (09:00) | Abbeys, castles, cathedrals, Cities, company town, Employer-assisted, Finance, History, Housing, Infrastructure, New Lanark, Robert Owen, Scotland, Speculation, Theory, Workforce housing | 1 comment

  [Continued from the previous Part 4a and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3a, Part 3b, Part 3c, Part 3d, Part 3e, and Part 3f.]   By: David A. Smith   Our journey through pre-municipal urban living, begun on a rainy weekday morning with the Boss’s and my contemplation of the now-buried Roman […]

Pre-municipal cities, four typologies: Part 4a, The manufacturing company town

18 July, 2016 (09:01) | Abbeys, castles, cathedrals, Cities, company town, Employer-assisted, Finance, History, Housing, Infrastructure, New Lanark, Robert Owen, Scotland, Speculation, Theory, Workforce housing | No comments

  [Continued from the previous Part 3f and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3a, Part 3b, Part 3c, Part 3d, and Part 3e.]   By: David A. Smith   Of the three pre-municipal urban typologies so far considered, their demise came in three distinct ways:   1.     Amortization of value proposition.  Roman forts […]

Pre-municipal cities, four typologies: Part 3f, The abbeys’ overreach and their destruction

14 July, 2016 (09:00) | Abbeys, castles, cathedrals, Cities, Employer-assisted, Finance, History, Housing, Infrastructure, New Lanark, Roman Empire, Scotland, Speculation, Theory, Trimontium, Workforce housing | No comments

[Continued from the previous Part 3e and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3a, Part 3b, Part 3c, and Part 3d.]   By: David A. Smith   By now, to my astonishment and quite possibly yours, the exposition of the third pre-municipal typology of urbanization – the abbey campus headquartered by an abbey or […]