Inside the Big Tent

Took Anne’s parents and F on an excursion into Brussels yesterday to see the Pavilion Too Shocking To See and also the Big Tent, representing the Vision of Europe of Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas. F basically just loved the concept of running around the Big Tent and hiding under the mock summit table in the middle. But he was particularly fascinated by what to most people is the most boring exhibit – the entre 80,000 pages of the acquis communautaire, the collected body of European Union legislation, displayed on a low table all bound in a single binding. For F it was the “big big big book”. He tried to close it by getting the two end covers lifted up, but it basically isn’t possible.

The Roman exhibit in the Cinquantenaire museum was much less fun. Fortunately here is a playground beside the mosque (itself beside the Pavilion Too Shocking To See).

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  1. wwhyte says:

    I’ve heard about this book and would love to get it but AFAIK it isn’t available in the US yet. Love the story about Kruschev going “America will triumph because … someone has worked out how to make a profit selling a burger for 15 cents!”

    Until I came across reviews of this book I had never realised exactly how central planning worked. (In the Soviet Union and satellites, anyway, where they at least tried to make it work — in China under Mao it seems like it was just another name for rule by fiat). In retrospect it seems crazy. I become more and more convinced that the primary motivation for supporting socialism the fact that most bosses suck rather than theoretical dedication to the implementation of socialism itself.

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