For more than five decades, he set forth his comprehensive perspective on the worlda TM s problems in numerous essays, which offer an illuminating insight into the Buckminster Fuller a " was an architect, engineer, geometrician, cartographer, philosopher, futurist, inventor of the famous geodesic dome, and one of the most brilliant thinkers of his time. For more than five decades, he set forth his comprehensive perspective on the worlda TM s problems in numerous essays, which offer an illuminating insight into the intellectual universe of this renaissance man. These texts remain surprisingly topical even today, decades after their initial publication. While Fuller wrote the works in the a TM s and a TM s, they could not be more timely: like desperately needed time-capsules of wisdom for the critical moment he foresaw, and in which we find ourselves. Long out of print, they are now being published again, together with commentary by Jaime Snyder, the grandson of Buckminster Fuller. Designed for a new generation of readers, Snyder prepared these editions with supplementary material providing background on the texts, factual updates, and interpretation of his visionary ideas.
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Pickus sprouts checklists like a tree grows branches. Bucky Fuller, incidentally; is much more discursive than Pickus, but in his letter to Doxiadas, he lists 40 Strategic Questions, and 14 Dominant Concepts [pp. Here is my Pickus checklist, abridged from his checklists: 1 "Something is wrong in a world in which war is accepted as a right and reasonable instrument of national policy. Peace Position" sees both America and other national powers as part of the war problem.
As previously discussed. The stressing of government and majority rule are recent add-ons to his program, perhaps in reaction to the nihilism he must see so rampant in Berkeley and elsewhere. While I hardly consider myself an anarchist, I will not accept democratic decisions which make me an instrument or witness of killing other people, by napalm, Selective Service, or any other means.
The Goal was: "a disarmed world under law in which free societies can grow and flourish", which required in turn a "Focus" on still another "seven objectives" for attaining the Goal. Objective number four of Turn Toward Peace was: support of just demands for social, political, and economic change from those disadvantaged peoples to whom law and stability can be only a mockery of justice until they have an equal opportunity to obtain freedom, dignity, and material well-being.
Update Note to younger readers: Cesar Chavez was a prominent union organizer and nonviolent social justice activist. Walter W. Rostow was an economic-growth theorist and pro-war advisor to President Lyndon Johnson. To write of tbe peace movement without reference to the ideas of A. Muste is to write of the American Revolution without mentioning Tbomas Paine, or of liberty without J.
Mill, or of the Russian Revolution without Trotsky. In one case we know it can be done, but why put Muste down the Memory Tube? Pickus has no trouble listing many pro-violence authors and periodicals e.
To be sure, pacifism and nonviolent action are given their due by Pickus, but only with faint praise. His often-stated cardinal proposition is this one: "The world can be made to work successfully for all, and we know how to do it. It may be possible to vulgarize or misunderstand Fuller, but not for lack of his care in defining the conditions of human freedom he is pointing his design efforts toward. Small groups of humanity withdrew from and forsook the welfare of the balance of humanity.
Utopia must be inherently for all or none. In my judgement, the single most important contribution that Fuller makes to the grand strategy of peace is this perspective of the "whole earth" and everyone — everyone — on it. Energy can be measured in foot-pounds, the amount of work required to lift one pound one foot. Fuller invented a larger unit called an "energy slave", which. If you divide the human population into the number of energy slaves, then of course you have the per-capita energy slaves for one country for one year.
With that yardstick, Fuller found in that each person in the U. Here Fuller makes an assumption: in a weaponless economy, a family of five could be maintained at a high standard of living with only energy slaves working for them mostly in the economy at large, not just their home. But that is a dangerous way to do it, like the original method of roasting pig by burning the house down. If instead we applied our efforts directly to the proposition of "making the world work", the same job could be accomplished in as little as ten years.
His point is that if we change course from the arms race and do the job within 10 to 20 years, we make it to utopia, but longer than that is pushing our luck too far; in he said that even 22 years leaves a high probability of catastrophe. Elsewhere that same year he warned that before A.
Assuming that humanity continues. Therefore, the initiative to end war rests with designers and inventers — largely students — who will show by prototypes that this objective is already possible today.
Therefore the most vivid contrast between Fuller and Pickus comes in the following basic judgements: Pickus: Ending war is the primary political task of our time.
However, like "kleenex" or "liberal", the little-t technocrat has crept into the language regardless of what the proper name refers to. Terkel had asked him if his airlifted geodesic dcmes could help solve the housing problem of the one-third of the world ill housed, according to UN figures then, about million people. Fuller said the real number was well over a billion; in Calcutta, I saw hundreds or thousands of people dying on the streets and nobody able to do anything about it.
This was the first time in all my life that I had really felt as though I were sinking. I woke up in the morning ashamed for having had such a feeling. If you give people food, the maggots will get it before the people do. I am talking about getting things under control.
So you start with keeping the flies out and the rain out. Terkel:Is there a chance of the shelter domes being used? Fuller: We are now at a point where we are going to be able to print geodesic domes out of waterproof paperboard, where one big papermaking machine can. These are the size of a conventional house. Bucky mistakenly took my question for a hostile one, because he has lately been ragged by Maoist demonstrators in connection with the Marine domes.
As for political inertia, he sees that as an all-pervasive — but highly transient — phenomenon. The U. A political decision, cynical but momentous. Political lockjaw. The hired. His design authority is limited, however, to the augmentation of his tools. His tools — weaponry; their physical objective — killingry, tbe negative of livingry. With their projections and calculations increasingly made in terms of megatons and numbers of launchers, they lose sight of the fact that in any rational scheme their calculations would be totally unacceptable.
Who is he talking to? As Pickus would ask, what is his "audience"? Listened to — but not heeded. He is a prophet with honor, but not yet enough to call the signal for changing from killingry to Iivingry. I have observed the World Game as a student-participant, and wish it well. There are still other alternatives, but whichever road leads us faster into a world without war, what I gain most from Pickus and Fuller is their sense of the Big Picture.
Selections from R. This grouping is in chronological order of the original usually oral discourse, so the publication dates do not always matcb. Marks, ed. Y: Bantam, pp. John McHale, 81 pp.
Klaus, ed. Carbondale, Ill. See pp. Mis-identified in above as "Paper delivered June 18, to Joint National Meeting of Operations Research Society of America and American Astronautical Society, Denver, Colorado," but is not the same as item 20 below, also identified as paper delivered to same conference on same day.
Abridged version in Ekistics, Oct. Selected material about R. The Nation, Aug. Lois Post-Dispatch, Nov. Except for item 39 below, all of the following are by Pickus; in several cases I infer his authorship.
As for the collaborative items, his influence is clearly visible and often predominant. Cary, A. The Progressive, Oct. Cary The Progressive, Oct. The Progressive, offprint, Oct.
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