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James Howard Kunstler

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James Howard Kunstler is the author of four non-fiction works on cities and the challenges facing American society, including: The Geography of Nowhere; Home From Nowhere; The City in Mind; and his ground-breaking book on the peak oil crisis, The Long Emergency (Grove-Atlantic, 2005). His most recent work is the fictional World Made by Hand, a novel of America's post-oil future.

Julian Darley

Julian Darley on General Knowledge in the Post-Carbon Age

30 Aug 2005
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we shall have to re-examine very critically the ‘planning’ of cities, the places where supposedly we will increasingly live and work - if you can even call some places in North America and Britain, and the former communist world, planned. I don’t think they are ‘planned’, but anyway there are going to be a lot of fights, not least because many of the guru planners from America, who hold Portland and Vancouver up as great marvels and models of planning, and cities of the future, believe completely in the market. But the market is actually not very good at planning. It is no more good at ‘planning’, than evolution is. Evolution doesn’t plan and by and large the market doesn’t plan either. It is not designed to do that. It is designed for the ‘efficient’ delivery of certain non-life-critical goods and services, that have high dollar ‘added’ value.
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Julian Darley on Corporate Disobedience and Relocalisation

30 Aug 2005
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So the idea of relocalizing is extremely important for putting fiscal power back into the hands of ordinary people so they can make better and more decisions about where their currency goes. And how that fits into corporate disobedience is that if you have worries about globalization, if you don’t like global corporations, like Enron and Worldcom – if you don’t like those kinds of corporations, and you don’t want to promote them, (and there are many others – food corporations, pop companies – pop drinks and fizzy drinks and so forth), then why do you keep buying the products?