A friend sent me this article. I agree with much in it. But to me Umair has internal contradictions in his proposals. -more eand.co/if-we-want-to-…
2. At the foundation of Umair's proposed society is a global high speed communications network that ties it all together. To me some of his proposals are low energy and low speed, and some are highly concentrated energy and high speeds.
I believe this still doesn't get there.
3. Our evolutionary function as a species was to manage the ecosystem where we live to produce all we need, as an ecosystem, running on its internal energy.
4. We got our energy from the system, all our energy, one hundred percent of all the energy, to keep all the people alive most of the time.
All our food, clothing, and dwellings.
For a quarter of a million years.
It worked.
It wasn't perfect, but it worked.
5. A tiny minority of humankind discovered beer, and annual grass agriculture, which works like a champ where it floods every spring. River brings in soil, kills all the standing plants, goes away, annual grass grows, eat the seeds. Natural as sunrise.
In the flood plain. Only.
6. A tiny minority, in about ten places worldwide, according to current archaeological thinking, discovered that they could take annual grain agriculture out of the flood plain by plowing the ground to kill all the plants there.
This is called the Agricultural Revolution.
7. According to the common mythology it was a howling success and by its very superiority took over the entire world and We Are The Real Humans and *we* and we alone have Human Nature. Which requires computers. Something. I'm not sure.
8. It is a historic fact, borne out by every history book I've ever seen, that everywhere annual grain agriculturalists have ever gone they have found working ecosystems and killed them.
This is a fact.
They made deserts.
The deserts are still there.
This is a fact.
9. We have to rejoin planet Earth, as full members, honoring our responsibility to keep and dress the land, to feed all if life that it may feed us in return.
If the beaver wants the tree, the beaver owns the tree. Not some human. We need all the parts that are left today.
10. This is not about designing some system to figure out some way to own every square inch. We *are* the Earth. All of us. All the other creatures.
All the objectives are wrong. Everybody want to make it so we can still swagger over the top, masters of all we survey.
11. We should not only restore beavers everywhere they would like to live, along with every other native life form that still exists, we should learn from the beavers.
12. Beavers are members of Earth. They build exactly what they need, and Earth produces increasing quantities of food for the beavers and for everything else that lives around here.
We can do this. We're nowhere near as stupid as we're acting.
13. I don't want to hear one single word about our great standard of living.
I'm looking around the world.
Donald Trumpov.
Boris Johnson.
School shootings.
Riots and killings on the streets.
Don't even try to tell me this is a good deal.
People are *miserable*.
14. The reason we have climate change, mass extinction, and spreading desertification, is so everyone can be as miserable as we are.
I'd say that's a shitty deal.
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Tomorrow will be better. Take two of these pills...
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