Didn't say cultural advancement was a sign of a cultures worth, we were talking about technology. And you are the one who has been keeping this discussion wrapped up in medieval times?
I have been trying to point this out to you for several pages now. And sorry, democracy began rising in Europe as early as the 13th century, it was just slow in coming.
Corporations were the result of the industrial revolution. Their time is up, and and in the not so distant future, this will become apparent to everyone. Our current economic model is unsustainable. We will have to drastically reduce energy usage in the not too distant future. Physical realities are about to reshape our world.
I would add, I think many Native American cultures were tremendous. Europe, before Catholicism, was also, an exceptional culture. They had to advance or be conquered. Luckily, they had the capability to advance.
Selective democracy is just expanded oligarchy.
Because culture is important to the development of technology.
There you go again, claiming democracy is oligarchy. As I thought, that is what you meant from the beginning, and people who founded the U.S. certainly didn't think that way, and did not set up the U.S. government to be a selective democracy, once again, proving that your ideas do not agree with the ideas on which the U.S. was founded.
In the future we will use far less energy, and we will get it from locally produced renewable sources. Borders and cut off points do exist, and we are reaching ours when it comes to oil.
The only reason we waste so much energy is to keep the corporate system going, with planned obsolescence. Efficiency is the way of the future.
By the time we have the tech to reach Titan, we won't need oil.
You know nothing about early European culture. And what Native American culture were you supporting?
Human sacrifice was a common practice in the Gaelic cultures and their ancestors.
Yeah, and the pope dines on human baby flesh on special occasions.
Why is it that the U.S. constantly innovates most of the worlds new tech, and art as well? If not in the U.S. than in Europe. Certain areas, almost exclusively liberal, consistently produce most of humanities innovations. Do you have any clue why this is?
Corporations will do anything to continue to survive, but that won't save them.
In the developing world, corporations are too large, outside of the range of their economies of scale. As the oil industry dies, so will the giant corporate world.
Then why did Islam do the same at its highpoint?
Eat babies? Practice human sacrifice? Molest little girls? Tech wise they did nothing.
No, it's not a contradiction. Corporations will do anything to survive, but they will fail.
The big corporations aren't capable of innovation. They get their high tech by buying smaller companies, but that is only a temporary solution.
We will still have oil, but transportation is oils primary market, and cost of acquisition will make it economically unfeasible at current consumption rates. No other market is capable of sustaining the massive oil infrastructure.
That's hardly true. You go to Titan, you get methane, you bring it back. Simple.
Culturally speaking, Islam is one of the worse cultures in the history of mankind. Throughout their history they have survived through conquest and slavery. Islam has contributed very little to art, architecture, or science.
Enough components of Wica have survived, to re-start the religion, and compared to Islam what we know makes Wica a far superior culture to Islam.
Sure, nations states fail, as you describe corporations. Didn't you read about the recent demise of Kodak?
Microsoft is already in big trouble, and was never an innovator, always bought or stole their tech. Apple is doing very well right now, but a little over a decade ago, they were on the verge of going out. Google, and Microsoft and Apple, are babies compared to the other giant corps., who are mostly over a century old. Who knows if they will survive the major changes coming to humanity.
Maybe in about a 100 years, but the way things are going, highly unlikely. Remember "2001 A Space Odyssey"?
The thing is, any farmer with a little equipment can produce this fuel. No need for the huge equipment to drill, transport, refine, and distribute gasoline, and none of the major byproducts. This spells the end for the giant oil industry as we know it, and they know it as well, which is why they are not investing in new equipment.
We have the tech to produce lightweight electric/pneumatic hybrid vehicles that are simpler to make, and will last people a life time. The only thing stopping this from happening is the power if the ancient corps to control the markets.
Wind and water driven electric generators and and compressors could provide us with all the electricity needed in small towns and farms. It is the big cities and suburban sprawls that are not sustainable.
You still refuse to face the reality. Once we have finished using up the last giant reservoirs of naturally produced hydrocarbons, it is never coming back, or at least not in a time frame that made the last century possible.
Why consume animal corpses? That would be incredibly inefficient, considering that we have to feed and raise the animals before they can be corpses. We don't need the giant corp industry half.
Produce our fuels by growing crops that produce efficient sources. Harness the wind and the water, as well as the sun. Most important, be a whole lot more efficient. That means getting rid of the giant corps who are holding us back.
More than anything, what the U.S. needs is people with vision, not blinded by greed and arrogance.
It's just not profitable.
Islam's over exaggerated contribution to mathematics talks about God and art. It is minimal at best. They always lack true scientific discovery. Too obsessed with god.
Greed and arrogance blinds one to reality. True vision requires one to throw off the vices of greed and arrogance. They are mutually exclusive.
The ideal is a state limit for corporations. They are bound to one state, and only one state. The global corporation is a problem. Force them to break themselves into pieces, and you have global small business. Small in the sense of a unified state-wide business architecture that cannot go elsewhere. Trade elsewhere but that's it.
Religion has been the primary force against technology and advancement.
The problem with Suburbia is that the whole infrastructure is horribly inefficient. Suburbia was designed to waste energy to keep the energy companies profitable. That is the problem with profit as a motivator, it encourages massive inefficiency. Yes, most of us have been corralled in these suburban sprawls like cattle.
Small businesses and small corporations are the drivers of innovation. The big corps survive through corporate cannibalism, eating the smaller corporations for profit, all enabled by our crooked banking system and the manipulation of the money supply.
Jobs was best at finding innovative people, with whom he shared vision. He was not the innovator, and he wanted to bring down the giant corps..
I think that only natural social and economic evolution is capable of breaking down these giant corps. Fortunately, this is coming. The system is collapsing from its own weight. They are too big to survive.
Those tricks will not save them. An economy can not run on debt.
Earnings should be based on accomplishment, not the amount of work done.
We already produce more than we can consume, and that is one of our biggest problems.
Most people will never accomplish anything in their lives, and only a very small part of the population is actually creative.