"Außerdem studierte er abstruse Bücher, die aus chaldäischen Bibliotheken
gestohlen worden waren, wenn Fafhrd auch aus langer Erfahrung wusste,
dass der Mausling selten über das Vorwort hinauskaum (obwohl er oft die
letzten Kapitel aufrollte und neugierig hineinschaute und beißende Kritik

Fritz Leiber, Das Spiel des Adepten

Sonntag, 6. Mai 2012

Wenn Satire Wirklichkeit wird

Vor über hundert Jahren schrieb Jules Verne seinen Roman L'Île à hélice (Die Propeller-Insel), in dem er eine künstliche Insel beschreibt, die zum Vergnügen der auf ihr lebenden Milliardäre kreuz und quer über die Weltmeere schippert. Was bei dem französischen Schriftsteller als Satire auf Plutokratie und Korruption gedacht war, soll nun offenbar Wirklichkeit werden. Das Projekt Freedom Ship ist ein bizarrer Ausdruck für die Dimensionen, die die Klassengegensätze in unserer Zeit angenommen haben. Man muss sich nur anschauen, wie sich seine Schöpfer das Leben in diesem schwimmenden Utopia des Kapitalismus vorstellen:

Envision an ideal place to live or run a business, a friendly, safe and secure community with large areas of open space and extensive entertainment and recreational facilities. Finally, picture this community continually moving around the world. You are beginning to understand the Freedom Ship concept of a massive ocean-going vessel. With a design length of 4,500 feet, a width of 750 feet, and a height of 350 feet, Freedom Ship would be more than 4 times longer than the Queen Mary. The design concepts include a mobile modern city featuring luxurious living, an extensive duty-free international shopping mall, and a full 1.7 million square foot floor set aside for various companies to showcase their products.
Freedom Ship would not be a cruise ship, it is proposed to be a unique place to live, work, retire, vacation, or visit. The proposed voyage would continuously circle the globe, covering most of the world's coastal regions. Its large fleet of commuter aircraft and hydrofoils would ferry residents and visitors to and from shore. The airport on the ship's top deck would serve private and small commercial aircraft (up to about 40 passengers each). The proposed vessel's superstructure, rising twenty-five stories above its broad main deck, would house residential space, a library, schools, and a first-class hospital in addition to retail and wholesale shops, banks, hotels, restaurants, entertainment facilities, casinos, offices, warehouses, and light manufacturing and assembly enterprises. Finally, this concept would include a wide array of recreational and athletic facilities, worthy of a world-class resort, making Freedom Ship a veritable ‘Community on the Sea.’
As it circumnavigates the world, Freedom Ship would make a series of offshore stops, including exotic tropical islands accessible only by sea. These stops would provide the ship's residents and entrepreneurs with extensive and varied touring and business opportunities, and bring a continual stream of visitors to the ship to patronize its shops, restaurants, and entertainment facilities. The ship would provide as many as 40,000 tourists to ports around the world. These cities and countries would eagerly anticipate this influx, as well as the major market the ship represents for local farmers, fishermen, and merchants. Stopover schedules would be based on business volume and touring popularity. Customers, merchants, businessmen, and residents would be able to utilize the ship's fleet of aircraft and hydrofoils, as well as commercial commuter airlines, to come and go from the ship even between stopovers.
The ship's design would accept up to 40,000 full time residents, 30,000 daily visitors, 10,000 nightly hotel guests, and 20,000 full time crew. This population of 100,000 people provides a wealth of talent and diversity for the private businesses aboard the ship and to those they visit daily on their adventures ashore.

Ich könnte es nicht besser ausdrücken als es FerretBrain’s Alasdair Czyrnyj getan hat:
"I've never seen a parasite think so highly of itself before."

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