Consciousness and personality can be seen as individualized expressions of energy coursing through metabolic forms we call human life. Similarly, civilization and culture and economics can be seen as social expressions of energy coursing through the web of interpersonal relationships we call humanity.
The nature of the forms of energy used by a society (a nation, a region, an economic class) are an integral part of its identity. So, to answer “what is the right kind of energy to power society X?” requires first determining what kind of society X is intended to be.
This means that all discussions about “energy policy” are disguised arguments about the structure (or restructuring) of one’s society; politics at its deepest. Nature itself voices an opinion in this argument in the form of climate change, its response to humanity’s century-long ringing endorsement of fossil fuels, expressed as global warming.
The best economic function of energy is to improve living conditions in harmony with nature.
I try to show the types of futures we could have, both desirable and undesirable, based on the choices we make as a society about energy technologies to power our industrialized way of life. You will not find another article like this. Enjoy.
There has been a recent outpouring of sanctimonious drivel about abortion, contraception and sexuality, from the politically regressive and fundamentalist religious quarters of the American scene, particularly concentrated around the competition for the Republican Party’s nomination for president of the United States. No satirical comment of mine, nor comical jibe, could ever possibly hope to convey the depth of stupidity, the utter vacuum of intelligence achieved in reality by the actual political and religious personalities preaching their Talibanish American Christian gospel of using government as a tool (dildo?) of patriarchal control over females, fecundity and essentially all traffic passing one way or the other through the vaginas at large in the nation.
One would have thought that the impending world catastrophes of exploding world population and climate change, and the present national crisis of a corrupted economy shattered into a continuing depression for the increasing number of job-seekers and decreasing number of wage earners would be more than enough for politicians in search of higher office to base promissory political platforms on. But, it seems the idiot vote is the most prized demographic, and its pursuit essential. We will have fallen to a deeper level than ever allowed for in Dante’s Inferno if this turns out to be true.
The spirit of the Salem Witch Trials burns in the belly of the Anti-Abortion Crusade. All this set me to wondering what would happen if Christ’s (as opposed to Christian) principles were actually applied to the social situation of abortion in America. The rest follows logically, with agape.
“If you are a believer in Ron Paul’s Libertarian ideology, then voting for him is an obvious right choice. Why would anyone else vote for Ron Paul? Because Ron Paul has been consistently opposed to America’s wars, most recently in Afghanistan (ongoing) and Iraq and Libya (both done), and because Ron Paul is against prohibitions on recreational drug use and its criminalization, many leftists and/or progressives and/or social democrats and liberal Democrats have stated they would consider voting for Ron Paul if he is a candidate for president in the November 2012 election. From a leftist perspective, this is a stupid idea because it will only set back the leftist agenda, however you choose to define it.” For more, see