Re: More Green Party

From: Bryan Moss (
Date: Fri Jun 30 2000 - 19:59:36 MDT

altamira wrote:

> [permaculture ...]
> People make basic living WAAAY more complicated than it
> needs to be. Let me emphasize that I'm NOT opposed to high
> tech. But I am greatly opposed to inappropriate tech,
> whether it be high or low.

The problem I have with this is the level of knowledge
necessary. A basic principle to keep in mind is:

    The capacity for knowledge of a society is a function of
it's diversity; the greater the level of basic knowledge I
need to make my way through a society, the less useful I am
to it.

If you can convince me that your lifestyle doesn't require
much more knowledge than wondering a supermarket, I'll be
sold. I *do* think we'll eventually go down this route;
things tend to go through three stages:

    1. You take care of them
    2. You pay someone else to take care of them
    3. They take care of themselves

As far as food goes we're at stage 2, but I think biotech
will bring us up to stage 3 in time.

> Bill Mollison once said that he considers the concept of
> "unemployment" to be obscene.

Can I grow my own food, build my own shelter, look for work,
and (re)educate myself all at the same time? I'm doubtful.


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