19 Feb '12, 3am

“We’re moving, if we’re lucky, from the world of few and big to the world of small and many.”

Reversing the trend of generations by Bill Mc Kibben Published in the November/December 2011 issue of Orion magazine Painting: Suzanne Stryk Earlier this year, my state’s governor asked if I’d give an after-lunch speech to some of his cabinet and other top officials who were in the middle of a retreat. It’s a useful discipline for writers and theorists to have to summarize books in half an hour, and to compete with excellent local ice cream. No use telling these guys how the world should be at some distant future moment when they’ll no longer be in office—instead, can you isolate themes broad enough to be of use to people working on subjects from food to energy to health care to banking to culture, and yet specific enough to help them choose among the options that politics daily throws up? Can you figure out a principle that might undergird a hundred different policies? Or...

Full article: http://www.orionmagazine.org/index.php/articles/article/6491

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