Posted onMay 12, 2018
Gods of the Modern World
“Gods of the Modern World” is one panel in a fresco, The Epic of American Civilization, painted by Jose Clemente Orozco for the Baker Library at Dartmouth. The panel is a…Continue
“And another thing,” said Madame Descartes, who was in a bad mood.
Monsieur Descartes was reading a book while drinking his morning coffee. It was Saturday and he was trying to concentrate.
“You’ve thrown bird seed all over my garden.”
Monsieur Descartes did not look up. He had heard that complaint before.
“Every year, guess who has to clean that mess up? ME! I…Continue
E. F. Schumacher gave us a great gift with his collection of essays, Small is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered. His book influenced many who pondered the interlocking questions of poverty, industrial production, and appropriate technology. Among other things, it proposed that the migration of people from rural areas to large cities could be slackened or halted by creating appropriately sized industry within rural regions.
He addressed the…Continue
WHOSE GAME DO WE PLAY? THEIRS OR OURS?
Excerpt from Building the Agricultural City
Lewis Mumford, a writer and generalist and one of the last of our public intellectuals, coined the word “megamachine,” which means “big machine.” This and the phrase “Power Complex” were Mumfordʼs words for…