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How to Change the World:

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    How to Change the World

    Brian Eno and James Thornton envisage a powerful story - one rooted in history, biology and international law - to begin a new renaissance for the world and how we live in it.

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Kiljoy on 07/03/2013 7:06pm

"We must not expect a lively young man to be always so guarded and circumspect. It is very often nothing but our own vanity that deceives us. Women fancy admiration means more than it does."

"And men take care that they should."

from Prided and Prejudice

I alluded to the 'lek' elsewhere; sexual selection is a fundamental dynamic. I should think if a very small percentage of women were to use their sexuality to appeal to and manipulate the male propensity to tell them what they want to hear irrespective of desert, regardless of the truth of the matter, that would be a big problem; I believe the percentage is actually very high.

What little I know about the proliferation, and particularly the nature, of pornography on the internet suggests to me that women can't be naive about what the score is. Yes it takes two to tango - I blame men also, their weakness is truly depressing.

Ross Kemp investigated human trafficking; in Romania the police refer to 'Lover boys' as those who lure attractive girls into sex slavery by promising them a 'better' life (I don't know, maybe they could land themselves a Rolling Stone). The police would hand out bits of paper warning people of the dangers. Kemp looked at such a piece of paper and said something to the effect "and that's it?"

As if a bit of paper with advice maybe could compensate for a lack of an upbringing based on the principles that were central to Jane Austen's writing.

I wonder, just what does the 'loverboy's' apprenticeship consist of? I daresay not a few of them have 'nice middle class girls' to thank for their confidence and experience. But of course such girls are entirely innocent.

This is where the root of our problems lie; you wanna change the world then put these issues at the centre.

iai should get hold of this woman

How many 'nice guys' go on to have positions of power? It doesn't bear thinking about really.

Glukkony on 07/02/2013 3:37pm

Brian does something that most vocal critics of neoliberalism never do - he acknowledges that there are many forms of aggressive capitalism that behave individually. This is one of the greatest challenges to implementing his vision of the future.

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