Mobility and taboo

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The taboo of mobility. Anyone who doesn't move is against progress, anti-modernist. One who doesn't want to work, to enjoy oneself, to socialize. Mussolini taught us, from "He who stays still is lost" to "The one who doesn't move is no-global".
It's still fascism. Who ever said that a person must get up in the morning and move 50 kilometres to go to work? Or at the end of the week flee from their home in the city and travel hundreds of kilometres?
The taboo is not discussed by anyone. Not in politics. Not in the economy. Not by the people who are drugged by advertising about cars. That always run around in open spaces, empty like deserts, limpid like the sky in spring.
Petrol is the sail of a yacht that is getting bigger, a liquid with no weight, green and blue, beautiful to behold, good to breathe.
Among the top 16 companies in the world there are 5 that are oil companies: Exxon, Shell, BP, Total and Chevron. Together they have a turnover of 1,214,000,000,000 dollars. Thousands of millions that cannot be beaten when creating the taboo of mobility.
Among the top 10 companies, apart from the oil companies, who it must be remembered resell a natural resource and gain mad sums of money, there are almost only banks and insurance companies: Citigroup, Bank of America, America International Group, HSBC, JP Morgan, UBS.
With this lot in command we can be certain about the extinction of the planet. As long as it is they who decide, we have to move around in cars and not on bicycles. Use the planes and not tele-work. Get out of the city instead of living in it.
It's useless talking about reducing emissions, about cars that pollute less. The problem will be resolved only by eliminating mobility every time it isn't necessary. Thus, just about all the time.
To move around must be a choice. Organisations must be distributed, decentred throughout the territory. It's really idiotic to bring millions of people into the city when with the Internet they can work at home, or from an office near home. We need to start to hate cars. They are a fetish, a taboo from last century.

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Not in politics. Not in the economy. Not by the people who are drugged by advertising about cars. That always run around in open spaces, empty like deserts, limpid like the sky in spring.
Petrol is the sail of a yacht that is getting bigger, a liquid with no weight, green and blue, beautiful to behold, good to breathe.

Posted by: srikant | February 24, 2007 12:45 PM


Not in politics. Not in the economy. Not by the people who are drugged by advertising about cars. That always run around in open spaces, empty like deserts, limpid like the sky in spring.
Petrol is the sail of a yacht that is getting bigger, a liquid with no weight, green and blue, beautiful to behold, good to breathe.

Posted by: srikant | February 24, 2007 12:44 PM


When I used to live in Italy,I used to catch 12 bus a day to go and come back from work,it was very very stressful,now I work from home,and I count my blessing everyday that I do not have to travel anymore.

Posted by: eva kulnura | February 14, 2007 12:16 AM


Did I rattle your cage...

Posted by: Jan Fe | February 13, 2007 10:02 PM


Reducing transport and travel might increase telecomunication needs. Thus energy needs could be reaffected, but would still be critical.
And by the way, what kind of work is mostly affected by telecommunications? Care for the elder disabled, financial speculation, production of scrap toys by asian girls, market of tasteless fruits from other continents ? What real use is an abstract job in this virtual reality? To keep us, sheep, from interfering with the hard reality?

Posted by: Mark Furlong | February 13, 2007 09:22 PM


Bebbe, Since the industrial revolution there has been an obsession with working and completing a 40 hour week minimum (9-5). Regardless of what one does, the main objective is to make money. The Nazi slogan was 'Arbeit macht frei' (work is freedom). Living in Germany I still get people coming up to me saying the problem here is that people are lazy and do not try hard enough to get work. Bullshit. I work from home on a laptop using the Internet and I am more efficient, creative and less polluting than most people who are 'working'. People want more and more and are never satisfied. The problem is never discussed because it would put into question what everyone is really doing.

Posted by: Jan Fe | February 13, 2007 07:32 PM


Italy is the country which could be out of its predicament if only it would let the right people go to power and in the critical managing position.

Instead we have those inect politicians, people like Cimoli and Previti which are contributing to stunt the growth of the Country while the right people, the ones with the real talent, must be out of the picture and leave the country.

A lot of people don't like USA. People like me have to thank the US because this nation gave us the chance to work and grow.
Italy doesn't want and/or can't invest money and time in productive individuals because it's progressively and systematically eaten by this idiots and criminals who are spreading like Cancer.

Zagorfly: write in English!!!

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | February 13, 2007 03:25 PM


In a few decades, telecommunting will probably be the norm. Faster bandwidth, software as service and ultra powerful computers will be mainstream - workers will probably complete most of the common routine business tasks at home and just commute for important meetings or creative sessions.

Also virtual meetings will probably replace most business trips as well as sales calls.

Posted by: Ny Lee | February 13, 2007 12:25 PM


quattro passi nell'inquinamento

Posted by: giulio terrafornaio | February 13, 2007 12:04 PM


Bebbe, scusa se e' un argomento diverso:
Stamane BBC ha lanciato una notizia che mi ha allarmato tantissimo visto che non e' stata riportata da nessun'altro giornale italiano.
La BBc annuncia che e' stato scoperto un traffico di 500,000 fucili automatici AK47 made in china!..e di e-mail per il loro trasferimento in IRAQ via Libia curato da alcuni facoltosi businssman del trading italiani.
Se e' vero che siamo implicati in questo commercio di armi per ammazzare giovani soldati americani, immagina la reazione USA alro che Vicenza, Prodi , Afganistan,e D'Alema. Nessuno stamane ha riportato questo, a mio avviso pericolossissimo per l'Italia, traffico di armi.

Stamattina tutti ce l'avevano con i nuovi brigatisti. Delle armi niente.

Posted by: zagorfly | February 13, 2007 11:31 AM


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