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War

Smoking is an idle time activity. Idle Theory was an inkling I had one sunny spring morning in 1975. I’d recently started building heat flow models at university, and was wondering how to judge whether one heating system was better … Continue reading

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The Atomised Society of the Coronavirus Pandemic

The new coronavirus epidemic is having a noteworthy effect: more and more people in cities like Wuhan are simply staying at home. In part this is because the civil authorities are telling them to stay home, and even locking them … Continue reading

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The Control Freaks Benefit Only Themselves

Continuing with control freaks, a little Idle Theory: In Idle Theory people are seen as part busy, part idle. And someone who lives a 33% idle life, has one third of their life as time in which they are free … Continue reading

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Government Over-Regulation

I grew up in a world where cars didn’t have seat belts, and drivers drank and drove, and you could smoke pretty much everywhere, except in church. We’re living in an increasingly regulated world. Back in my days in architecture, … Continue reading

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Impatient Progressives

I’m not a Progressive. And I don’t think I’ve ever been a Progressive. I’ve never had any plans to improve the world. I think that before you can improve anything, you first have to understand it. And if you are … Continue reading

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The Dream of Eden

Yesterday I ordered a book that I read many years ago, but now think I need to read again: The Pursuit of the Millennium by Norman Cohn, first published in about 1975. Cohn once summarized his work by explaining that … Continue reading

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Fascism

50 years ago, as a 20-year-old architectural student, I got interested in energy conservation, and the idea what was then called “autonomous housing”, which was the idea of building houses that used very little expensive coal/oil/gas energy to heat them. … Continue reading

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