Just got finished watching the video of the presentation. Nicely done Jon. Thanks for posting it. You have set me to thinking once again, and with the news of the day, I think that while Interregnum night not become part of our national lexicon, I think that the essence of the situation is already being felt in the collective unconscious of our nation. An old Chinese saying “May you live in interesting times.”, to me on this day, begins to take on new meaning. The Great Change is no longer coming, it is upon us. We must come to grips with the realities of our history, and shift our efforts and thoughts from focusing on the problems themselves, and begin with renewed vigor to place our interests and attentions to where they should be — on the solutions.
So Jon, is this Tolstoy’s question – is history made by great men, or does history make great men? Do we find leaders to lead us out of the interregnum, or will historians find out after the fact who were put forward as the great men? This is an interesting question for a democracy in trouble. As Ed Sanders (Village Fugs) once wrote “..a system, a supposedly democratic system, in which you always end up voting for the lesser of two evils. I mean, was George Washington the lesser of two evils? Sometimes I wonder…”
Roll on, River of…
I watched your video with interest. While you have some very good points, you are forgetting a very major event–PEAK OIL. IMO this is a huge blind spot in your equations. For more information about it, go to this web address: http://www.lifeaftertheoilcrash.net/Index.html
If we had started 10-30 years ago, there would be time to innovate the changes, but we are in peak oil now. There is no time left. Also, the powers that be have known about the problem of oil depletion for a very long time, and they didn’t do anything about it. I think that if you imagine they will really change now you are hoping for a miracle.Renewables are not scalable to the amount of energy we need to run this economy. While you and many others hope for business as usual, this is utterly impossible..
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