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  • hardie karges 6:11 am on June 8, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , hippie, Industrial Revolution, liberalism, , , sustainability, , United States   

    #Political #Liberalism is Dying—and Uncool is the New Cool… 

    img_1069When the world is in chaos, normalcy is hip. For many decades now, we’ve worshipped the ‘adventurer’ out on the edge, bold and daring, whether in sports or art or literature or music: the wild man, the risk-taker, the bad boy, and all too often: the degenerate, drinker, drug abuser, and sexual deviant…

    That was all well and good in the British uptight Victorian era and its American 20th century post-war equivalent, during which we were sitting on top of the world—and our asses, all the while having fun fun fun while bombing the Hell out of Vietnam, the lady of the house staying home all day, taking care of the kids, with a little help from a hired colored hand, from the other side of town, from the other side of life, from the other side of the world, long time coming long time gone… (More …)

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  • hardie karges 7:47 am on March 23, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Celts, Industrial Revolution   

    Industrial RPM’s 

    The Brits didn’t know what they were starting with that little Industrial Revolution thing.  The rest of Europe was slow to warm up to it, I guess because it wasn’t pretty.  Most European countries have a better esthetic sense than Britain.  Science, philosophy, literature, etc. finds Britain at or near the top.  The less abstract arts like painting (and cuisine) they score lower in.  The Industrial Revolution was the death of craftsmanship, not to mention the environment.  They then had to re-invent craftsmanship and redefine it as an art.  What will happen with the environment is an ongoing question.  The ‘dark Satanic mills’ of England were hardly an inspiration.  The rest of Europe must have scoffed until they realized they were missing the boat economically; then they scurried to catch up. Why Britain got such a head start is a matter of conjecture, but I suspect the fact that they had such a capable and well-defined working class was a major factor.  I suspect that, with their long-innovative Celtic roots, the working class in fact created the revolution, which the Germanic upper class capitalized, directed, and ultimately, capitalized on.  Until electricity came along, it was all about gears and wheels and mechanics.  The ancient Celts had a pivoting front axle long before the road-building Romans, allowing for efficient four-wheeled vehicles that could actually turn without being dragged through a corner.  The word ‘car’, in fact, is of Celtic origin and, along with the word ‘cerveza’, sounds a whole lot like the ‘hood’ to me.  What the Celts never had much of were cities.  That’s a major disadvantage in the history of civilization, i.e. ‘city-fication’.  As the age of cities arose, the Celts moved farther and farther away until now they cling to the ocean cliffs of Ireland with nowhere left to go as an independent culture.  The rest is history. 

     
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