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He drove from garage to garage but there was no one who could penetrate the system, and all winter he drove in an icy blast. Finally in the spring he found someone to repair it for $300. Is that a price worth paying so you don't have to turn the handle? We joke about this but it is an extremely serious matter--that technology, although it was created by man, has become a force of its own; it has shaped man, a vast number of men, into little parrots that twitter and push and scrape to make things more and more complicated.

I can't myself raise the winds that might blow us, or this ship, into a better world. But I can at least put up the sail so that, when the wind comes, I can catch it. 3. A Viable Future Visible in the Present It's not useful to talk about capitalism or socialism or nationalization unless one knows what one is talking about. After all, the economy consists of many very different bits and pieces. I have come to the conclusion that where you have lots of small businesses filling all sorts of demands, they do not constitute a social problem.

Also it was limited to ]Britain because we had no money to travel. So it was a superficial job and we found we had to dig deeper. We came to the decision that this had to be done systematically subject by subject as opportunity served, Now, if you want to do something effective, the first decision you have to make is, are you going to work in your own back yard, turning your back on big, rich society, or are you going to harness the society to do the work for you? We decided that the needs were far too urgent to go the comfortable way of puttering around in our own back yards; we must find the ways and means of roping in the big society.

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