posted on Jan, 25 2005 @ 10:13 AM
A major problem in America, and indeed the world, is the persistent failure to combine the benefits of an agricultural society with the advances in
technology and automation available today. With hydroponic warehouses, fish grown in a barrel, and large quantities of farm land freed up for natural
growth, power generation, and water usage control, America would see tangible benefits from a switch to an Agri-Industrial society. The process would
take less than a decade, and if attempted honestly and with only a small margin of greed, could feed and clothe every man woman and child in the
nation for pennies compared to dollars.
Hemp could play a huge role in the New Revolution. As a medicinal OTC drug, it could eliminate half of all health complaints, and as a fibre, it
outstrips all the competition in terms of durability, rate of growth, resistance to disease and temperature fluctuation, low water usage, high plant
per acre density, flexible sun requirement, and nutritional benefit to the soil. It also doesn't require sulfur to take dye, which means reduced
business for sulfur mines, but increased global aptmospheric and groundwater purity. That's a tradeoff I'm willing to make.
This change I'm proposing would move many people out of the cities, and since city life has been proven to cause mental illness, this would be
another quantifiable bottom-line benefit. Of course, insurance companies and psychiatrists would lose money, but the quality of life for the average
person would improve dramatically. Oxygen levels would rise, probably reducing cancer levels, and carbon dioxide levels would drop in an
Robots are already capable of doing most of the work, meaning there would be no less cause for illegal aliens to cross the border. High tech jobs
would explode, while menial labor positions would shrink, a trend that would encourage more education in the masses and a higher average salary among
working households. Unemployment roles would be much higher, but if the costs of supporting a household dropped significantly (as they would if food,
clothes, and building materials were 1/10th the cost) the increase could be easily managed.
My ideal society is one where the basic choice for a child is, do I want to be a doctor/engineer and live an opulent lifestyle, or do I want to be an
artist, and just get by on my meager, but wholly sufficient, government assistance. Many people think everyone would choose to be an artist, I
disagree. Money still maintains its allure if its relegated to the purchase of luxury items. The difference is of course, in a system like I've
proposed money is not necessary for life, only for luxury. That is a system that will never be embraced by those in power who worship the dollar, and
relish the control the demand for it gives them over the citizens.
I'm also a proponent of a National Television Network, with at least one dedicated government channel, showing constant, in depth political news and
featuring interactive, real-time issues based voting on the part of the populace. This is feasible and cheap with today's technology.