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Forgive the crude editing of this diary- I wrote it a while ago, and my new work load will make it hard to post much of consequence. So here it is, with warts- an idea, a suspicion that we've gnawed on for a couple years.
Gaius Publius asks the same question, almost, in his comment on Frank Richs' latest column.

Capitalism searches out the darkest corners of human potential, and mainlines them.
by geezer in Paris (risico at wanadoo(flypoop)fr) on Mon Feb 28th, 2011 at 06:44:33 AM EST
beautifully written, heartfelt diary.

coud not find one thing you said disagreeable, and the takeaway is terrifying, yet has a feeling of optimism buried within it.

what we see now is so humiliatingly undignified, it merits no continuation, yet it is all we know, we are steeped in it.

to turn our consciousness around 180, was one of the challenges of buddhism, and i have never seen such a strong need for it.

the way between scylla of social disaffection and charybdis of peak oil emerges ever more clearly, as in STOP WHATEVER YOU'RE DOING AND THINK ABOUT THIS, because it makes a farce of whatever personal fantasies you have about a 'normal' future for your children.

'it's the energy, stupid!'

the most galling thing of all is to realise what we are allowing to slip between our fumbling fingers, and the still immense ignorance of most of the world of this quandary we're in.

in all these recent uprisings, amidst all the understandable howls for speech and assembly freedoms, new constitutions et al, did anyone see one placard about going solar?

yet there is the answer to so much energy savings, in thermal, and generation/maintenance economy boost.

the present oligarchical energy cabals that are deceiving the public through media control are like global gaddafis or mubareks, in that they care not a jot for their own peoples. we are just numbers to them.

another block to this process of lurching change is the peculiar fantasy we have in the west that gentlefolk need never dirty their hands.

thr riff raff do that. a pol who had the cojones to come out and tell us how many are going to be discovering the joys of working the land would get my vote.

we're still a few katrinas away from that... :(

great diary, i wish you well for your new green business.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Mon Feb 28th, 2011 at 07:43:59 AM EST
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Thanks, melo. Particularly for the compliment on the writing. I thought it was far from my best- it's the John Crowley quote that probably will touch some hearts.

As for the business, it's not so much mine, as ours.
Ivonne teaches languages, with an amazing talent for discovering the students' needs, and the empty places in their knowledge.
She's the talent, I'm the mechanic.

Still, my point (and my question) was: If we are being managed into a new and far less stuff-oriented "normal", then the apparent intention of the oligarchs to kill the consumer society that feeds them by sucking the last drop of blood would finally make sense.

"Get it all now, before they tumble to the truth. Their goose is cooked anyhow."

I don't yet believe that- I have yet hope.
But I damned well have a "Plan B", too.

Capitalism searches out the darkest corners of human potential, and mainlines them.

by geezer in Paris (risico at wanadoo(flypoop)fr) on Mon Feb 28th, 2011 at 11:17:13 AM EST
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Yes, first class, geezer.

I can swear there ain't no heaven but I pray there ain't no hell. _ Blood Sweat & Tears
by Gringo (stargazing camel at aoldotcom) on Tue Mar 1st, 2011 at 11:59:32 AM EST
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Very nice, reading with pleasure.

Here's a small add. You say:

In 1972, all four lead authors believed a change of course was not only possible but likely. Today, only one remains a believer.

Donella Meadows, known as Dana, died about 10 years ago, but were she here I'm pretty sure she would still believe in her work.

One of the things she was doing then was tracking first frost and thaw dates at her New Hampshire farm -- and in something like 10 years, she'd seen noticeable shifts in how late the first frosts arrived and how early were the spring thaws.

by Mnemosyne on Thu Mar 17th, 2011 at 07:22:31 AM EST
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