International recognition began with the success of huge geodesic domes during the s. Fuller lectured at North Carolina State University in Raleigh in , where he met James Fitzgibbon, who would become a close friend and colleague. Fitzgibbon was director of Geodesics, Inc. Thomas C.
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Mar 31, Ryan rated it liked it In this book, Buckminster Fuller seeks to outline the present geo-political state of the world, through a brief historical analysis of modes of production and civil organization.
His lifelong project of efficient, sustainable technology is at odds with the continued existence of this "grunch" of giants, so the book examines this In this book, Buckminster Fuller seeks to outline the present geo-political state of the world, through a brief historical analysis of modes of production and civil organization.
His lifelong project of efficient, sustainable technology is at odds with the continued existence of this "grunch" of giants, so the book examines this conflict and the nature of control exerted by the grunch. It is a vision firmly rooted in his mindset as an engineer: rigorously logical as opposed to political , considering the whole globe as a system. The problem? Sustaining the most people at the highest standard of living in the face of booming population. The solution?
Cut, dried, efficient- and yet, admirable for how he simply cuts off considerations of the pragmatics of nation-states and class. Undoubtably, I agree with him in the sense that nations and politics are invented games that only hinder our true potential at this point in our development as a species.
However, he risks sounding naievely utopian if he leaves the political sphere unadressed- this book, I believe, is his attempt to grapple with the pragmatics of the situation. As you might gather, then, many of these ideas have been dealt with elsewhere and in greater detail.
Perhaps this is due to his radically individual style- preferring to tackle every problem from his own perspective and by his own devices rather than by relying on inherited wisdom. His writing style also reflects this individuality. Liberally interspersed with neologisms and long strings of participle adjectives, it bears more than a passing resemblance to the writings of a schizophrenic.
However, by insisting on his idiosyncratic vocabulary world-around instead of worldwide, e. Is it genius or madness? A combination of the two. Many of his ideas were indeed ahead of their time, and he insisted on a global systemic approach long before ecology made it the norm. A pretty fun book. The author is brilliant and I learned a great deal about the Grunch, and how the rich manipulate our government and money to legally steal from the working class. Jan 03, Dina rated it it was amazing Great book, mark to re-read it.
Corporations or Giants are B. Fuller calls them are now endowed with the same legal rights and protection that humans used to have. Yet those corporations operate only with single purpose of profit irrelevantly whether their behavior is anti social as in environmental damage or enslavement of humans or destruction of the earth by the last nuclear war.
The Grunch of Giants explains how those corporations came to existence and how unless stopped they might Great book, mark to re-read it. The Grunch of Giants explains how those corporations came to existence and how unless stopped they might annihilate everything on earth.
Ruled by few extremely selfish individuals devoid of any social conscience or perhaps not capable of understanding the consequences of their behavior - they run amok and eventually the "human experiment" on earth will have to decide whether to progress to interplanetary civilization or self destruct.
Grunch of Giants
GRUNCH OF GIANTS