Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Patterns of Development
The industrial society project that began in Europe and quickly spread around the globe with colonialism may have peaked in its patterns of development, but it still has a ways to go in consolidating its ill-gotten gains. This system of social organization that spawned both elitism, consumerism and militarism -- abetted by the marketing and media industries -- is largely spent in terms of growth potential, and now practices a high-tech form of cannibalism and human sacrifice. Expecting anything good to follow from staying on the industrial trajectory is sheer folly.