OpinionThe stated demise of the auto industry may be a blessing in disguise. This situation may cause the end of the worshipping of the automobile as a means of transportation. A mass transportation system would be welcome change.
      – Despicable, 2008-11-21 at 09:22:32   (12 comments)

On 2008-11-21 at 09:38:11, Despicable wrote...
The end of the era of the automobile will free us from dependance on foreign oil and the environment would become clean. It would most likely save the planet. Bikes would become popular and cause Americans to lose weight. New jobs will come into being as we build and connect our communities with super fast comfortable electrically driven mass transport systems.
On 2008-11-21 at 17:58:04, BorgClown wrote...
that would require a huge investment, and the forsaking of car manufacturers. Let's see what Obama does with your budget.
On 2008-11-21 at 18:21:25, Baslisks wrote...
I really think we should of tried to maintain our ability to manufacture things. This would of made us a really really viable country for everything.
On 2008-11-22 at 02:34:44, BorgClown wrote...
Let's buey the car-making instructions for future generations to discover!
On 2008-11-22 at 02:34:53, BorgClown wrote...
*bury
On 2008-11-22 at 07:46:04, Despicable wrote...
The global economy is our reality and it wont go away. The nation state and the ideology of nationalism is becoming no longer relevant. Capitalism has outgrown nationalism. The era of a one world government is upon us because of modern technology and the economic and cultural need to eliminate all that what separates us from each other. The global one world technological need to rapidly design new communities that are built on many levels that reach upward toward the sky so that an expanding population can live and grow on a limited surface that exists on our planet. New modern transportation that will serve a new one world and their communities quickly and efficiently is right around the corner for those that have the eyes to see and understand. The world is changing for the better.
On 2008-11-22 at 08:28:29, BorgClown wrote...
Capitalism is not the answer, it's a reflection of the law of the jungle, the big fish eats the small one, and thus it grows bigger. Socialism (not communism) or even anarchy (non-hierarchical spontaneous self-organization) have a better chance at bringing equal opportunities to all. I am a stupid idealist, I know, because there will always be greedy parasites ready to exploit the system.
On 2008-11-22 at 08:28:50, BorgClown wrote...
That's why we can't have nice things!
On 2008-11-22 at 09:19:54, Despicable wrote...
Clown, the reason that we have greedy parasites is because of the scarcity of material necessities. It is the lack of material well being for everyone that makes material wealth valuable and a status symbol for those that are greedy parasites. Because of advanced technology it will be possible to create a society of enough goods and services to satisfy the needs of all the people in that society. When people are born and raised in an environment where there is no longer the need or desire to compete for that what is scarce because there is enough to go around for everyone in an abundant society, people will no longer compete for that what is no longer scarce. They will cooperate and those that contribute the most in the way of giving their talent within their profession to uplift the people, will have the greatest status in a sharing social arrangement. The greedy parasites cannot exist in an abundant society.
On 2008-11-22 at 23:56:33, BorgClown wrote...
@Despicable: I guess in that world there would be people who succumb to their Gotta catch 'em all! OCD instinct, even when there's no scarcity. In that world, should those people be punished and treated as sociopaths?
On 2008-11-23 at 00:05:29, BorgClown wrote...
@Despicable: BTW, your ideas sound very close to those of the writer James P. Hogan, which is cool by me, since I love his libertarian sci-fi. He's a little nuts about other themes, and a little pseudoscientific wacko, but his libertarian ideas are very interesting. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_P._Hogan_(writer)
On 2008-12-17 at 16:43:08, Scarletxstarlet wrote...
This blessing is well-disguised indeed, considering that my mother, father, and stepfather are currently unemployed steelworkers. :p Really though, better buses and trains are worth eating beans and cornbread.