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Originally posted by whitewave
Perhaps I did not make my presentment entirely clear.
I believe that many advanced technologies already exist and are being withheld from the general public until the powers that be can consolidate the transition from their current fortune producing technologies to the newer ones with them still in charge.
When the transition begins and we see the introduction of these advanced technologies, many entrepreneurial souls will try to jump in and make their fortune as well. I believe this attempt to "horn in" on the ruling powers and disturb the balance of power will be soundly "discouraged" with extreme prejudice. This is what I dread-the waste of pioneer spirits, entrepreneurial will, etc.
Change is inevitable. Knowledge is being increased faster than industry's ability to adapt to it. By the time a new computer, for instance, rolls off the assembly line, it's already outdated and the new models begin production. Medical advances are increasing faster than a hospital's ability to finish paying for the last one before something newer and better comes along to replace it. This causes economic stress.
Yes, the average joe will gladly accept whatever convenience is made available to him but will complain vehemently when the cost of the R&D to develop that technology is passed on to him.
Crime increases as joe citizen sees all the energy-saving devices available and can't afford them.
I always find it amazing that during disasters/riots average people can be seen stealing television sets!
If something as truly revolutionary as "free energy" becomes available, the burst of technological devices running on it will explode on the market.
Just like now, everyone who does business and doesn't have a computer/fax/printer/multiple phone lines, etc. is woefully lagging in the market place, so it will be with those who can't afford all the new gadgets based on "free energy".
Pretty much every electrical item in your house will either have to be replaced or modified to accept the new energy source.
Such a paradigm shift will leave a lot of ordinary people "out in the cold" which will cause more than a few problems, I'm sure.
The rich will get richer and the poor won't have a prayer.
The choices at that point will be to accept slavery or to risk revolution.
I trust that everything will work out eventually (anarchy never lasts) but the transition will probably not be pleasant.
Originally posted by wadefrazier3
I am only writing. Those in power, although they truly hate freedom (yours and mine, not theirs), are less threatened by words than deeds, and when you begin doing something or advocating action, then they can begin moving to terminate the threat.
Today, in every university this "most difficult problem in electrodynamics"—the source charge problem—is concealed from the students, and even many professors seem no longer aware of it. The way it is hidden is as follows: They teach the subject of the charge and its associated fields and potentials in the following fashion: "We have here a charge. Associated with this charge are its fields and potentials, reaching across the universe." In short, ka-blam! One is given a source charge, and suddenly there are its associated EM fields and potentials and their energy, freely appearing out of nowhere, with no energy input at all. Automatically! That way, they slip it right by the students.