Here is a second lecture given in Toronto (hosted by TVO)
This change was so slow that it is (almost) not noticeable but you could
see one really obvious example last year in Wisconsin and it went something
Wisconsin governor Scott Walker reduces corporate taxes by 4 billion
This causes the Wisconsin budget to come up short by almost the same
The governor goes to the citizens and says something like, rather
than raise your taxes I'm going to go after those good-for-nothing
unionized workers starting with teachers, police officers, and firemen.
Rather than being envious of better-paid unionized jobs, Joe
Taxpayer is hood-winked into agreeing with the governor's thesis.
Something similar happens in California when Arnold Schwarzenegger is
running for Governor of California in 2003.
He promises to crush the automobile registration fees (remember his
demonstrations of a wrecking ball crushing a car?)
This causes a budgetary short-fall by the same amount next year
which is blamed on too many social services. This leads many people to
begin speaking the unthinkable like: "it must be all those illegal
immigrants in our schools" instead of blaming voters for electing an
actor who wants to cut taxes without thinking about the consequences.
When did this war on the middle class begin? Everyone has their own
opinions but many people see it happening when very rich men acquired
publishing businesses with the intent of making tons of money while only
publishing the "conservative/pro business" side of each issue while
simultaneously claiming a liberal bias in the media. This includes lower
taxes for all of us; lower taxes for businesses; lower input tariffs for
businesses so they can take advantage of lower wages in the third world. The
usual suspects include people like
(FOX Broadcasting in the US and British Sky Broadcasting (B-Sky-B) in
Britain; Newspapers in the US, Britain, and Australia) and
Conrad Black (The
National Post in Canada; The Telegraph in Britain; The Chicago Sun Times;
The Jerusalem Post, etc.)
The big problem with tax decreases is that the very rich walk away with
much more money. It feels good now but will cause a budget shortfall in the
future leading to future reductions in social benefits. Your retirement age
of 65 will be pushed to 67, then 69, then 71 if you live that long.
Jeremy Rifkin (Economist, Teacher, Author, Advisor, and Visionary) on
the Distributed Energy Revolution.
this video will only require 12 minutes of your life but the investment
will be well worth it.
If you enjoyed the previous 12-minute video, additional details can be
found in these two
TVO videos titled: The Emphatic
Civilization: Rethinking Human Nature in the Biosphere Era
26-minute interview between Alan Gregg and Jeremy Rifkin was published
This 55-minute lecture was given by Jeremy Rifkin in
Ottawa on 2010-05-16
Humanity's Coming Dark Age
Symptoms before each collapse: ignorance,
superstition, religious fundamentalism, xenophobia,
intolerance, rejection of science
Marc Widdowson's original web site at www.darkage.fsnet.co.uk
appears to have fallen into the bit-bucket sometime after 2008.
But you can still access much of the original material (including
charts and diagrams which are not in the current PDF) via the
Way Back Machine here:
The chart above illustrates the rise-and-fall of six major empires. Notice
the amplitude and period are decreasing.
The associated tables, which were published 5-years before the 2007-2008
American-caused world-wide financial debacle, seem shockingly accurate.
This book was first published in 1973 then updated in 2000
here for a free view "Contents, Foreword, Introduction
and the First Chapter"
"I read this book in a palsied fascination
of horror. I have never read a book that was at the same time so
convincing and so frightening." - Isaac Asimov
While there are many complicated and interacting reasons for the fall of the Roman Empire, I am now convinced that
was correct when he stated that the primary reason was due to the the
organized religion. Today's world might collapse for nothing
more that the reasons of religious intolerance or greed (materialism
is another form of religion)
Religious Method (dogma): Fiction, Assertion, Suppression Scientific Method (pragma): Observation, Hypothesis,
Experiment (test), Debate. Then publish and repeat.
Kitchener - Waterloo - Cambridge, Ontario, Canada