Wednesday, May 23, 2007

One Man's Opinion

In the search for courageous discussion that both challenge us to look at hard realities and invites further discussion I encourage people to listen and look at a fantastic presentation by Robert Newman called A Brief History of Oil. Newman's a comic but he's wrestling with some of the deepest questions that our culture and all of us as participants in the global economy need to face.

Economics, Newman proves, aren't voodoo science. His creative reading of military and economic history and the environmental effects of our consumer choices aren't mysteries; our actions have consequences. The tough part is that we might not want to listen until after we've run out of resources to deal with the after effects. Its sort of like a married couple with one partner who spends and spends and then wonders why their beloved can't rescue them anymore.

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