(This paper is patent pending and is fully copyrighted)
“[T]he principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.”
Cities – the way we live and have been living in the past 100 years – are becoming untenable.
The concentration of people and industry on the periphery of agriculture contained within an economic system where agriculture is the periphery, unlike that in the 13 founding American colonies, in pursuit of ever more irreversible consumption of resources is asphyxiating the polities of the world.
Through the lens of historical positivism, a view of the way the world is and not how it ought to be, the implosion of the twin World Trade towers in downtown Manhattan on 9/11, is indeed postmodern as political scientist David Harvey points out in his book The Condition of Post Modernity, and as recently a New York Times article about Sartre and Camus had also done. The culture is experiencing existential pangs of change. Its probable still birth in renewal is the anxiety.
Stagflation of the 1970s and the Great Uncertainty since the turn of the century have something in common: the angst to reinvent the way we live when the basic needs of a majority of the world’s population are put into play.
Ronald Reagan’s “Morning in America” had placed its faith in the status quo of the system while reforming the internals, moving walls around but leaving the superstructure intact. The bias to do the same once again remains because the soul of the system has been clouded out by the tumult of the oxymoron of necessary industrialization since the mid-19th century, communism or no communism.
If United States veered toward growth, Europe to centrism, and Soviet Union to skewed reallocation of state-managed growth between and within economic sectors, all three commonly biased their economic management, despite deep political differences, on industrial growth – the new paradigm since the printing press and the locomotive.
China and India were more Jeffersonian in their economics – agrarian of necessity because they were removed from modern industry by colonialism and the world wars. The time for agrarianism has come again, but enhanced by the knowledge of science and technology since the Reformation to sustain the populations of the two countries without poverty, war and disease.
As these two giants of countries, with about a third of the world’s population between them, transition to Jeffersonian democracies in the new century, the economics of New York as we know it does not work for them. Nor does it work, as we well know in data, a third time around since 1929, for us. The world is in the middle of the mess.
One World lays in Jeffersonianism – in politics and in economics. It lays in self governance – of many small agrarian economic communities – our cities – of no more than 500,000 inhabitants each, globally, for and by the independent minds of the denizens. Cultural and racial communities within such a political-economic system are by choice. The economic system is predicated on zero gross domestic product (GDP) and population growth rates in a predominantly agricultural economy for natural earth-based sustainability with guaranteed basic needs – shelter, food, health, clean air and clean water – in a moneyless society. The city infrastructure will need minimal maintenance (self-maintaining intelligent systems, including weather and disaster protection), and will last at least 100 years once put in place.
The future of New York had been designed at the beginnings of civilization. The longevity of a culture, after all, is closely correlated to species survival.
(Venus Project in Florida, United States of America, below is based on Indo-Aryan civilization’s archaeological discoveries of Swastika-Mandala, Arkaim, Russia and also found at Indus Valley in modern day Pakistan, circa 3500 B.C.E to now. Swastika symbol is a part of the as yet undeciphered Harappan script. At issue is transforming existing cities in situ given that they already exist, not building entirely new ones, in a manner described above, shown in the video of Venus Project below and in Masdar, United Arab Emirates. My proposals, A and B, to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development 2012 in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil are critical energy resource-efficient design improvements over both Venus Project and Masdar. To get from the status quo to the future on energy and water sources by prioritizing energy resource uses, I propose (a) using FutureGen clean coal plants and Climate Smart Agriculture, instead of nuclear, wind or solar, worldwide, to prevent global energy resource competition in the context of the new national security and defense posture of the United States (b) desalination and water transport infrastructure, including between cities or within city networks and (c) other improvements in amenities and ways of life over both Venus Project and Masdar where necessary. Other potential stakeholders are mayors of forward-looking small towns such as Highland Beach and Annapolis, Maryland, the Clinton Global Initiative and Nobel Peace Laureate and former Vice President Al Gore‘s Our Choice.)