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In the worst possible way we are living in the future. Back in 2016 I wrote about this future in an article that went viral. Around 20m people read the piece, all around the world. It caused a stir, predicting a dark future about how Brexit and Trump would play out. I refered to the cycles of self-destruction humans have initiated throughout history. I suggested that,

“At a local level in time people think things are fine, then things rapidly spiral out of control until they become unstoppable, and we wreak massive destruction on ourselves. …

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Common sense doesn’t prevail on the London Underground

A while back — pandemic-time is amorphous, it could have been weeks or months ago — Michael Gove announced that the government would rely on the common sense of the British people when it came to mask wearing and social distancing.

My initial thought was that this was the same people who’d elected him and his friends into government, and had voted for Brexit, both things that are demonstrably not sensible, so this wasn’t a great idea.

England’s dismal performance during the pandemic has shown two things about this country. …

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After five months of Zoom calls, I became fascinated by the backgrounds — some people clearly weren’t where they appeared to be, and others had hidden their room completely, with a photo of a beach, or their office exterior. This led me to wonder about a future where the tech gets faster and we really don’t know who is where anymore. So I wrote this story.

Monday morning. Another raft of planning meetings for the week ahead. In March 2020 they had taken the meetings online. The Lockdown forced everyone in the office to work from home. Over the months that followed, things relaxed. Kids and dogs interrupted calls, and everyone got to see inside each other’s homes. It was a great leveller. Some people were in attics, others in spare rooms or kitchens. A square-jawed, tousle-haired man, big into sport and always very well dressed was calling from the most effeminate of bedrooms, a white bed made up with lace sheets in the background. …


Tobias Stone

Writing about politics, history, and society. An outsider's view on the USA, insider's view on the UK, and cautious optimist. @ts_writing

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