Of flying cars and the declining rate of profit

  title={Of flying cars and the declining rate of profit},
  author={David A. Graeber},
  journal={The Baffler},
  • D. Graeber
  • Published 1 March 2012
  • Education
  • The Baffler
A secret question hovers over us, a sense of disappointment, a broken promise we were given as children about what our adult world was supposed to be like. I am referring not to the standard false promises that children are always given (about how the world is fair, or how those who work hard shall be rewarded), but to a particular generational promise—given to those who were children in the fifties, sixties, seventies, or eighties—one that was never quite articulated as a promise but rather as… 
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  • R. Keil
  • History
    Journal of Urban Technology
  • 2022
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  • Political Science
  • 2019
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