Participatory Spirituality for the 21st Century
After reading the Intro and first chapter a few comments. On p. 6 he discusses how monopolies intentionally thwart competition and innovation so as to maintain their stranglehold. But he claims entrepreneurs find a way around it and end up forcing competition with their better tech and price reductions. Yet he discusses on pp. 7-9 Larry Summers 2001 paper, wherein Summers acknowledges the emerging information economy was indeed moving to near marginal cost. Summers though didn't propose something like Rifkin but instead recommended "short-term natural monopolies" (8).
Recall Summers was Obama's pick for Director of the National Economic Council. His policy suggestions were well in line with the earlier promotion of "natural monopolies," and his resume attests. And we're seeing exactly this economic philosophy at play with the FCC Chairman Wheeler's proposed pay-to-play rules, where the ISP monopolies will destroy internet neutrality. Recall that Wheeler was another Obama pick, and was a former, and will return to being, a cable and wireless lobbyist. While Obama claims to back income equality and net neutrality he appoints the likes of Summers and Wheeler who make no bones about their support of monopolies. And without net neutrality good bye to Rifkin's entire plan, which requires it to succeed.
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In this article CA powered 6 millions homes with solar power on a good day recently. And that was from large solar plants, without counting the solar energy generated from over 500,000 private home units. CA's renewable energy initiative in leading the US.
The P2P Foundation here takes a look at a Ph.D. thesis: Making Sense of Rifkin’s Third Industrial Revolution: Towards a Collaborative Age. McAllum, Michael J C. Thesis submitted to The University of the Sunshine Coast. Under the supervision of Dr. Sohail Inayatullah & Dr. Marcus Bussey. Submitted: June 7, 2016. The article is an in-depth look at the thesis, which is an in-depth look at Rifkin's work.
Here's Rifkin on investing and connecting before the recent 7th European Summit of Regions and Cities in Bratislava:
According to this article solar power is now cheaper than wind power. This is in large part due to China rapidly deploying the tech and helping to finance it in other countries. Solar is also undercutting fossil fuel prices. Besides China, other emerging markets are leading the way, like Chile, Brazil, Uruguay, South Africa, and India. The OECD countries meanwhile are still mostly tied to fossil fuels. And the US, with its new government administration, will set back alternative energy production in the US for decades, as it's now completely controlled by the fossil fuel industry.
Speaking of the latter, see our new Environmental Protection Agency's agenda.