Fritz Lang's Metropolis as capitalist dystopia

Mad scientist selling his utopian project to the master of Metropolis (Fritz Lang, 1927)


“Austeria”. An informal talk to OMSSA’s 2013 Learning Symposium, held in Ottawa, Ontario from June 16 to 19, 2013.

18 Responses to “Austeria”
  1. Ian says:

    Song: Evidently chicken town Writer: John Cooper Clark

    The bloody cops are bloody keen
    To bloody keep it bloody clean
    The bloody chief’s a bloody swine
    Who bloody draws a bloody line
    At bloody fun and bloody games
    The bloody kids he bloody blames
    Are nowhere to be bloody found
    Anywhere in chicken town

    The bloody scene is bloody sad
    The bloody news is bloody bad
    The bloody weed is bloody turf
    The bloody speed is bloody surf
    The bloody folks are bloody daft
    Don’t make me bloody laugh
    It bloody hurts to look around
    Everywhere in chicken town
    The bloody train is bloody late
    You bloody wait you bloody wait
    You’re bloody lost and bloody found
    Stuck in fucking chicken town

    The bloody view is bloody vile
    For bloody miles and bloody miles
    The bloody babies bloody cry
    The bloody flowers bloody die
    The bloody food is bloody muck
    The bloody drains are bloody fucked
    The colour scheme is bloody brown
    Everywhere in chicken town

    The bloody pubs are bloody dull
    The bloody clubs are bloody full
    Of bloody girls and bloody guys
    With bloody murder in their eyes
    A bloody bloke is bloody stabbed
    Waiting for a bloody cab
    You bloody stay at bloody home
    The bloody neighbors bloody moan
    Keep the bloody racket down
    This is bloody chicken town

    The bloody pies are bloody old
    The bloody chips are bloody cold
    The bloody beer is bloody flat
    The bloody flats have bloody rats
    The bloody clocks are bloody wrong
    The bloody days are bloody long
    It bloody gets you bloody down
    Evidently chicken town
    The bloody train is bloody late
    You bloody wait you bloody wait
    You’re bloody lost and bloody found
    Stuck in fucking chicken town

  2. Ian says:

    Everybody has become timid
    They now fear the small white mice

  3. Ian says:

    Oh, yeah.

  4. Beijing York says:

    That was an excellent presentation. I’m hoping those in the audience, probably many members of the civil service and maybe government in waiting MPs, took notes.

    Other than recent economic jargon, cuts are considered a very negative thing. A gardener will prune a failing tree or plant to avoid cutting and killing it.

  5. Ian says:

    Great speech, Alex. I agree, movements are beginning to coalesce, and ‘Enough Already’ would be as good a rallying cry as any. Please continue.

  6. Lynn says:

    Hi Alex,

    Just now, I read Paul Krugman’s take on the U.S. situation of all actors not allowing ‘the system’ to work in the way that it is supposed to work:

    I am reminded of the anger I felt recently in watching yet another comedian interview a politician and discuss public policy.

    IMHO, while Jon Stewart asks some very good questions, he is not a trained journalist. I expect more public benefit if Neil MacDonald or John Dickerson, trained journalists, were conducting interviews! Yet, these events are hailed as examples of ‘open and transparent’ government…

    Am I alone in believing that the system is breaking down around us!?!?

    While this article doesn’t address directly the elephant in the room, perhaps it may help us unpack some of the issues stored in its trunk!!!


  7. Lynn says:

    Hi Alex,

    Not sure if you have read this yet, but the idea of scarcity consuming ‘bandwidth’, poverty itself impacting one’s capacity for decision making, is remarkable.

    Perhaps these research findings can assist in the development of more effective social programs.


  8. Lynn says:

    Gee Alex, I have an opportunity to share with you two articles of interest in a single day!

    This recent OECD speech addresses the importance of ‘trust in government’ – a theme central to so many of your blog posts.


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