Big Bill wrote:
> On 13 Apr 2005 20:54:13 -0700, "donquijote1954"
> <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> >The solution is both HI TECH AND LOW TECH. Bicycles would be lo tech
> >and sun batteries hi tech. But the problem isn't the technology in
> >itself but the politics of it. That's why NOTHING IS HAPPENING while
> >the good ideas are sitting out there.
> That you believe this is not surprising, since you are otherwise too
> lazy to actually look around yourself.
> There are any number of alternate energy sources being investigated
> and developed. All you need to do is look around, and read (something
> you have expressed an inability to do).
Sorry, I trust my eyes. I see no bicycles, I see SUVs. And as I far as I know there isn't much to investigate about bicycles.
"Whither capitalism, now that the communist dragon is slain?"
The COMMUNIST DRAGON may have been slain, but the CAPITALIST DINOSAUR refuses to evolve. Only a miracle or a REVOLUTION can do the trick...
I have just started reading this book, and just finished reading "Ecology of Commerce".
No I don't think it is a watershed text. Business is just too set in its ways and won't change, and the US Government is also set in its old ways and won't make laws to change things. I do believe the ideas in this book and in "Ecology of Commerce" are great ideas, but most people I know don't know of these books or the ideas in them and are in love with "business as usual", that is the dot com craze, biotech, etc. They haven't a clue as to the problems with "business as usual".
With the recent reports of drastic climate change this winter (spring temperatures in the Midwest and New England all winter, dying coastal forests in Florida), I think its too late. Sorry for my pessimistic view but I think the train is moving in the wrong direction and there is just too much momentum, and I don't see things changing.
I do want to re-iterate that I do much appreciate Paul Hawken's, Amory & Hunter Lovin's efforts in trying to show the US and the world a new way and don't mean to discount them. They did what they could and should get credit for that. They also have great ideas. It is just that the "powers that be" are not ready to listen.