Categorized as: Networks & Hierarchies

Cargo Cults And Skyscrapers – Part 1 of 2

 

“In the South Seas there is a cargo cult of people. During the war they saw airplanes with lots of good materials, and they want the same thing to happen now. So they’ve arranged to make things like runways, to put fires along the sides of the runways, to make a wooden hut for a man to sit in, with two wooden pieces on his head to headphones and bars of bamboo sticking out like antennas – he’s the controller – and they wait for the airplanes to land. They’re doing everything right. The form is perfect. It looks exactly the way it looked before. But it doesn’t work. No airplanes land.” – Nobel-Laureate Richard Feynman, from his 1974 commencement address to the graduating class of Cal …

First World Crypto, Third World Liberty

 

“When you look at 19th century America or 18th and 16th century Europe, all of a sudden it’ll become clearer that … the thing that broke the back of poverty and privilege in developed countries in the past was when property rights came around and destroyed feudal title. Now, two-thirds of the world’s population – four billion people – are locked out of the capitalist system. It’s important to let them in.”Hernando De Solo Polar, author of The Mystery Of Capital

It’s become a well-known Internet cliché to compare first world problems to third world problems

It’s a sign of the times that global perspective has found its way as much into our humor, as it has our social commentary. Through our networks, we hear moment-to-moment …

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