Saturday, October 9, 2010

If I Had A Hammer

The Chilean mine rescue, which all hope succeeds, will wind up being one of the great human stories, along the lines of Shackleton's survival and rescue of every one of his icebound crew. And not just that, but, too, a story of irresponsible engineering and, in response to its catastrophic failure, a major victory of engineers. A tool, engineering, which, like any tool, can be used to build or destroy, and, therefore, like any tool, offers us a choice. We should think about that choice before we make it, and do the right thing as much as we do the thing that gives us the most power, makes us the most money. Contrary to righty ideology, the two are not one and the same...

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