Morris Dovey wrote:
Education is necessary, but not sufficient when people are not rational.
Aristotle:"Most men are such slaves to passion, they'd do better in the
hands of a more rational master. Most posters seem to think they'd be
that rational master despite their flaming and asininity.
Wallace, in his anthro classic, 'Culture and Personality' noted that when a
system is on the skids, people's coping skills no longer work so they
engage in 'magical thinking'. Thus, Christianity, The Rapture,
Creationism, astrology, wicca, or whatever.
So far, so good, http://www.iedu.com/DeSoto/solar.html but again, the
per capita carbon foot print of the nuclear family home is no longer
sustainable. Young people no longer make enuf money to buy a home, and
so there is a re-emergence of communal or co-housing.
DNA shows Native Europeans evolved in agrarian villages, and they still
instinctively know how to do it. Gies, "Life in a Medieval Village shows
how often villages were small businesses; grain miill, foundary,
tannery, pottery, etc. The per capita investment in say solar panels
like you show, would be affordable for a village shop, whereas
individual couples, especially in today's job market, mostly cant afford
the installation costs.
A village that bought alternative energy would get it at wholesale, not
retail, rates. And, if we follow the medieval model, when trade was cut
off from war, revolution, pandemic, or whatever, they still grew their
own food, cut their own timber, sawed the own lumber, and chopped their
own firewood... to get by until things picked up again rather than just
firing workers. And- with alternative energy installed, still live quite
You can do it now, go off-grid and drive a small motorcycle. It isn't
too difficult for a single male to live that way, but much harder for
a family. Tell us how it works out for you.
William Wixon wrote:
Higher taxes would make us more civilized ;)
huh! i hadn't thought of it that way! i was thinking more like, completely
eliminating taxes altogether would make us a desert wasteland, like
afganistan or somalia, etc. live in mud huts, drive donkeys on dirt roads,
pack AK-47's to keep your neighbors from stealing your stock of roots and