Monday, June 4, 2012

In The Long Run

I haven't had internet access for the second bank holiday in a row ('thank you' eircom) so I've had a bit more time to read a book or two. One I especially enjoyed - Doc Searl's The Intention Economy - will be the subject of a post in the next day or two (it's really good).

I came across this quote in his book - seemed apt for the times we Europeans are living in:
Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them. Frederick Douglass
Mark Steyn fears we are living through the Twilight of the West - due to a vicious combination of debt and demography. Vaclav Klaus is more optimistic: if we (especially governments) can live within our means then we can break the debt deflation cycle. 

The outcome will depend  on our capacity for 'quiet submission' I guess. Though as the past 1,000 years suggests, European's don't submit for long...

By the way: by using 'Personal Hotspot' on my iPhone I was able to get online and write this post. Thank you Apple and O2...

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