Date: Tuesday, March 6th, 2012 12:06 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jo
With regards to your first link (people to stupid for democracy), you might "enjoy" this column from a Canadian journalist written in response to the latest political scandal here possibly (most likely) involving our shit Conservatives and more of their dirty tricks:

Date: Tuesday, March 6th, 2012 05:41 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bagpuss
The agriculture argument is true from the perspective of the planet, much less true from the perspective of humanity as if we had never moved to agriculture there probably only be a few hundred thousand of us if that so there are lots of things we would of probably never achieved

Date: Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 01:25 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] gwenhwyfaer
I'm beginning to think that it won't be too much longer before humanity finds itself exactly back in that situation - and I suspect it's the only way human life on this planet can be sustained beyond a few thousand years. If we're lucky, the coming... for want of a less geeky/fictional word, tro-clon - collapsing capitalism, exponential population growth, catastrophic climate change, post-peak oil and our propensity for finding innovative and colourful ways to despatch ever larger numbers of our fellow humans in one go whenever we get a bit uncomfortable - will merely reduce what remains of humanity to a pre- or proto-agricultural state, rather than killing us off altogether; then we'll get the chance to consider a state of living which reinforces our connection to the world to which we're inextricably bound, rather than denying it to the point of cataclysm. Something a bit like that of the Piraha, perhaps. (Am I the only one who wonders whether they're the survivors of a similar, millennia-passed calamity?)

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