26 Jun 2002 evilrobots   » (Observer)

a great magazine Infinite Energy - The Magazine of New Energy Technology. Particularly fond of this article "The Black Box Game: Some broader aspects of alternative energy" by Jon Norris.

If one believes that the purpose of society is to create a sort of human ant farm, with bustling little worker/consumer drones all milling about in orchestrated chaos, then the petroleum-fueled, electric grid economy works just fine. Stability and smoothness of function are the imprtant target parameters, and the occasional wiping out of the colony by major catastrophes is simply to be expected. The colony can be rebuilt with new worker/consumer drones and started again. No problem. Since nothing beyond the ant farm concept is expected or desired, replacing one set of worker/consumer drones with a new set fits the plan nicely.
If, on the other hand, one views society in light of its service to the individual, one comes to a different understanding of things...
I look at it very simple: individuals can survive without society, but society cannot survive without individuals. Therefore, the existence of the individual is primary, and that of society secondary. Society exists to serve the individual, not the other way around. A decentralized, free energy society would better serve humankind than a controlled, smoothly operating ant farm. It would be quirky,confusing at times, boisterous, noisy, and more than a little obnoxious, but it is the only society worth inhabiting.

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