The Boomer Legacy

Culture

You can be whatever you want to be

This is the twilight of the Age of Aquarius.

We may have spent the 1960s embracing the counterculture, but we certainly put it behind us when we grew up. Passionately held beliefs like Altruism, Freedom, Peace, Equality, Openness, Community, Collectivity, Fairness, Kindness, Cultural Progress, People Power, Eastern Religion and Free Love all went out the window. To be replaced by… what? Excuses?…

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Internal exodus    (Apr 2015)

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Agile entrepreneurs: Surveillance cameras [✓]  Motion-activated floodlights [✓]  Canvas-covered windows [✓]  3m high fencing [✓]  Steel chains on the front gates [✓]  Threatening no-trespass signs [✓]  A resourceful SME serving a niche-market [✓]

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Domestic bliss on Neville Street in Marrickville   (Sep 2012)

Keeping interest rates low: Whatever happens, deregulated cheap credit cannot be blamed

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Used car-yard at Parramatta Road Granville   (Apr 2017)

The cranes are flying: In October 2016 there were more apartment construction cranes on the Australian eastern seaboard than in all the major cities in the USA

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Apartment construction cranes at Lewisham   (Sep 2015)

Defenestrate your livelihood: We mortgaged the future and bet it all on there not being one

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The Coal Loader wharf, Waverton   (Jul 2017)

The engine of growth: Our generation has reaffirmed the notion that markets can remain irrational for a lot longer than investors can stay solvent

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The window-display for Central Autohaus in Alexandria   (Jun 2015)

The knowledge-based economy: If you can no longer make a profit by making things, then you can profitably spend your time making things up

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The interior of the Queen Victoria Building, near Sydney Town Hall   (Jan 2012)

Futuregate: How can you continue to shape the narrative in a world full of citizen-generated content?

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Mainstream media at the Sydney Opera House   (Jul 2014)

All snakes, no ladders: We are sticking to the plan, even though we keep changing it

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Subterranean utilities footpath markings outside the QVB   (Apr 2015)

The wealth effect: We used your money to score points against each other

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Vitamin pill promotion at Martin Place in Sydney   (Oct 2014)

A working harbour: Luxury craft languidly moor where people once earned a living

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Pier 21 at Jones Bay Wharf, in Pyrmont   (Jan 2013)

Creative Destruction: The best way to neutralise dissent is by levelling the playing-field

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The abandoned White Bay Power Station at Rozelle   (Jan 2013)

A foot on the ladder: With 1 151 565 reasons to smile, we can all get richer by buying and selling homes to each other at ever-increasing prices

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Renovator's ladder in Stanmore, in Sydney's east   (Sep 2012)

Waiting for the great leap forward: From brewery to Kowloon, the third-world is just around the corner

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Central Park development, at Broadway in Sydney   (Jul 2012)

Fumbling the revolution: Women hawk their wares 200m from the Kremlin: many were were destitute ex-state employees, many others were wives of smugglers and truck drivers offloading stolen goods

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Vendors on Tverskaya St, Moscow   (Dec 1991)

Consumer kaizen: You need to create a culture in which your customers are prepared to kill

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High Street bus-stop, Penrith   (Feb 2017)

One country, two systems: Rising inequality is unfortunate, but it's up to everyone to ensure they are on the winning side

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Woodcroft housing estate versus Harris Street Ultimo   (Jan 2013)

Quantitative kinesiology: Despite all the green-shoots, confidence, sound fundamentals and record-low interest rates, it appears we didn't survive the crash

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Outside the Sydney branch of the Deutsche Bank in Hunter Street.

A bank security guard tried to prevent me from taking this photograph due to copyright reasons. I hope he enjoyed my detailed and patient lecture on photography-rights   (Jan 2012)

Consumer karoshi: You need to create a culture in which your customers are prepared to die

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Market Street escalators at Centrepoint, Sydney   (Jan 2016)

Supporting the Plutonomy: The non-rich only account for surprisingly small bites of the national pie (Citigroup, 2005)

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Power utility pole opposite the railway station in Warrimoo   (Feb 2011)

A city of forgotten men: There's class warfare all right, but it's my class, the rich class, that's making war and we're winning (Buffet, 2006)

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Homeless opposite the Queen Victoria Building, Sydney   (Aug 2014)

Public Private Partnerships: Marxism without the dialectic, Socialism in one class

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The southern ramp to the Anzac Bridge, at Pyrmont in Sydney   (Jan 2013)

Potemkin Prosperity: The central irony of the financial crisis is that while it was caused by too much confidence, too much borrowing & lending and too much spending — it can only be resolved with more confidence, more borrowing & lending, and more spending (Summers, 2011)

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Green shoots at the Westpac plaza in Sydney   (Jan 2014)

Rent not Enterprise: Anyone can become a property tycoon, but they have not got the guts or they have not got the money (Triguboff, 2014)

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Vacant commercial land at Lawson in the Blue Mountains   (Jan 2012)

Frictionless intermediation: Because the Sharing Economy sounds much nicer than Government Regulation Evading Extractive Capitalism (NYTimes, 2017)

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Subterranean ingress and egress aperture cover at Watsons Bay   (Dec 2014)

What this little black rock can do: I'm going to be a complete economic pragmatist. We have to make sure this economy works. We have to export dollars. We have to realise we have a moral responsibility to other people in other nations to keep their lights on (Joyce, 2017)

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The steelworks and coal loader at Port Kembla harbour   (Sep 2014)

Internal exodus: When people and businesses leave a regional community to take up better opportunities elsewhere, this often generates greater value and so increases the overall well-being of the population as a whole. […] It is a trend that cannot, nor should be, thwarted. (Productivity Commission Report, 2017)

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Parramatta Rd, Strathfield   (Apr 2015)

Let them eat cakes: Just a spoon full of HFCS helps the processed food go down

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Candle wax at a Kent Street wine-bar, near Town Hall   (Jan 2014)

Everywhere the glint of gold: Stacks of casino-chip favelas for yield-desperate investor-gamblers

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The construction boom at Wentworth Point   (Sep 2016)

Taming animal spirits: There is something more systematic about the way people behave irrationally, especially during periods of economic stress (Greenspan, 2013)

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Lunchtime in a George Street amusement arcade, Sydney   (Sep 2003)

Empty Nesters: The price of an abandoned house will increase by more each day than most workers can earn in a week (REA Group, 2017)

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Irelands Road in Blacktown, western Sydney   (Nov 2012)

Wave your paddle: It's not a bubble but a sign of growing wealth: in the past twenty years house prices have barely risen 1½ percent a month, whereas median incomes have ballooned 250 basis points every year

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Stop/ Go drive-way traffic lights at Longworth Ave, in Point Piper   (Sep 2012)

Prosperity is just around the corner: Because reform has no limits

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Red flags at the Circular Quay promenade   (Jul 1992)

Dutch disease done right: Not to worry. If the economy works the way the textbook says, the gain to miners should flow through the economy, causing higher wages and higher tax payments (Gittins, 2017)

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Remnants of the 2000's resources boom at Lithgow   (Aug 2012)

Growth by numbers: Rapid population growth → bigger economy → more dynamic consumers → greater aggregate demand → increased GDP → increasing home values → more mortgages → healthier banks → more deregulation & tax-cuts → more vigour & competition → more resources & infrastructure → more construction & services → more jobs → greater average income → more money in your hip pocket

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Front-yard garden gnomes in Summer Hill, Sydney   (Oct 2016)

Exuberant expectations: Great success and performance create their own reality (Pfeffer, 2015)

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Church Street car dealership, Parramatta   (Apr 2017)

Flags of convenience: Our vision is to create a better everyday life by getting our customers to do all the work

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The united nations of IKEA, at Tempe   (Sep 2012)

A pattern of abundance: Full automation is the new stage in our collaborative journey

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NTP Forklifts, at Woodville Road Granville   (Apr 2017)

Segregation now, tomorrow & forever: You do not have an inalienable right to live in your own city

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Distillery Drive cutting at Jacksons Landing, in Pyrmont   (Jan 2013)

The road to zero: A globalised market where all tastes are equal and each of us vote only with our dollars

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William Street beverage hoarding (since rebuilt) at Kings Cross   (Oct 2012)

The boom without end: There is no disconnect between the prosperity we enjoy and the methodical initiatives we took to achieve them

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Philip Lodge Motel demolition at Haberfield   (Jun 2016)

Creating value: Ghost offices; zombie flats; 2nd or 3rd or 8th addresses; inheritance dispute penthouses; urban holiday homes; divorce bolt-holes

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Weeds grow on an abandoned eight-storey office-block used for land-banking, at Clarence Street in Sydney   (Oct 2012)

A rising tide lifts all super-yachts: No matter how bad things appear, inequality is not getting worse (Morrison, 2017)

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Darling Harbour Marina   (Jan 2017)

Bubble watching: Given the large increases in housing prices in some cities, and ongoing strength in lending to investors in housing assets, members also agreed that developments in the housing market would bear careful monitoring (RBA, 2015)

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Spectators on the steps of the former CBC Bank, Martin Place   (Apr 2006)

A licence to kill: There is nothing on your dinner table that hasn't been put there by hard working and conscientious transport professionals

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The “roo bar” of a prime-mover at Kings Langley, near Blacktown   (Aug 2015)

The Cargo Cult: We march about in crudely made uniforms, carefully pressing buttons on small screens… waiting patiently for the day He will return, bearing great gifts

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Palm tree outside the abandoned St Mary & St Mina's Coptic Orthodox Church at Sydenham, near Sydney airport   (Sep 2012)

Too big to fail: It took a long time to construct a perfectly balanced equilibrium of collateralised debt and rising property values

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Barangaroo office construction, Millers Point   (Aug 2016)

Forget your past: The role of property developers is to systematically obliterate every last trace of your childhood

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What was once 12 Kensington Street in Kogarah   (Apr 2011)

Genuine underlying growth: 150-year old graves and the Property Bubble

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The Futton Street cemetery at Penrith, behind St Stephens Anglican Church   (Dec 2010)

In Goldman, Sachs We Trust: The financial sector is the bedrock of our entire social structure and enables massive cultural progression — whereas the 1960s were wasted on frivolous nonsense like aerospace and NASA, we now have growing wealth via debt securitisation and the ISDA

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The financial district in eastern Sydney, with the rocket-shaped 1 O'Connell Street in the middle background   (Jul 2011)

Exit strategy: Things are simply wonderful and we have never been as healthy, prosperous and optimistic as we are right now

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Fig Street tunnel, Ultimo   (Jul 2017)

Luxury is a human right: Stand on principle on the way up and you'll miss the stampede; stand on principle on the way down and you'll be run over

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Even the pigeons live in style at Hogben Street in Kogarah   (Apr 2011)

Incentives to succeed: We hold these truths to be self-evident: that the Wealthy are job creators; that the benefits of Economic Growth are shared equally; that Equality of Opportunity matters more than Equality of Outcome; that Riches Transferred Upwards will always Trickle Down

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The rear of a Korean restaurant, in a Pitt Street Lane near Town Hall   (Oct 2012)

The retail ziggurat: The consumer economy is the ultimate pyramid scheme

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Shopping trolleys huddle beneath the mobile-phone towers on top of Marketplace Leichhardt   (Sep 2010)

Cheap goods better than bullets: Throw off the shackles of a command economy to relish the spoils of privatisation

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Stall on Tverskaya St, Moscow   (Dec 1991)

Wealth always trickles down: Our system works because enough of the electorate believe they still have a chance to become rich (Citigroup, 2005)

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Begging for loose change near Sydney Town Hall   (Sep 2016)

Jobs & Growth: Social cohesion is a nostalgic luxury we can no longer afford

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Wall markings behind Parramatta Road, Strathfield   (Jul 2014)

Stage four capitalism: The rich rewards of our economy and culture being reinvigorated

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Lansdowne Street, Parramatta   (Apr 2017)

Double your money in 7–10 years: Dr Wilson says Sydney is likely to have a $2 million median house price by 2030 and a $3 million median by 2038

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Hopscotch squares at the Woodcroft housing estate, in Blacktown   (Dec 2012)

Offshoring has brought huge economic gains: The beautiful thing about our Globalised Economy is that there is no corresponding Global Tax System

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Shepherd Street factory yard, at Marrickville   (Sep 2012)

Zero sum game: The link between free trade and rising global prosperity is obvious: designed in the USA → marketed from the UK → manufactured in the PRC → shipped via Panama → channelled through a Singapore marketing-hub → transfer-priced through Luxembourg → laundered in Moldova → banked in the Cayman Islands → trinkets for trophy homes, super-yachts, private school fees, gold bricks, mistresses and bribes in New York, Beijing, Bucharest, Latvia, Lagos, Monaco and Riyadh

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Shipping container facility at Tempe, near Sydney Airport   (Sep 2012)

The FIRE economy: We made so much money in fees & rents & loans & margin-accounts & arbitrage & hedge-funds & short-selling & bear-raids & Basel 1 & money-laundering & terrorism financing & offshore accounts & Nigerian emails & discretionary trusts & insurance fraud & LIBOR rigging & IPOs & LBOs & mergers & demergers & litigation & bailouts & bonuses & foreclosures & rezoning & deregulation & privatisation & tax-evasion & conjuring ever more abstruse financial instruments, that there was little point in doing anything else

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The Elizabeth street facade of the Commonwealth Bank Building   (Jan 2014)

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