Stewart Brand proclaims “Environmental Heresies“, over at TED.
There are TED presentations that make you gasp with awe and wonder. The audience laughs and claps throughout, simply because the charts and graphs are so enlightening.
This is not one of them. It is cold, dry, and sobering. The audience is silent. I’m not going to try to summarize, you really need to see the whole thing.
I don’t agree with everything here — Brand believes in AGW, for instance, and is reflexively socialist — but overwhelmingly, the message is good, and Brand presses the need for local, even personal control and power. (Brand understands very well the difference between the two.) As I say, his socialism is reflexive, but the message is inherently capitalist.
The amazing thing is, he sees so clearly that even though his politics color his presentation, he still tells the truth.