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NYC Junto Message Board › A Meeting of the Junto Tomorrow Night

A Meeting of the Junto Tomorrow Night

Victor N.
VicNiederhoffer
New York, NY
Hi Everyone,

Just wanted to let you all know there will be a great speaker at the Junto tomorrow night, and if you haven't joined us yet, you might want to check it out tomorrow.

We have posted this on the Junto page, but....

This month's speaker Alex Epstein, founder of the Center for Industrial Progress and former fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute, will discuss "Why America needs a new industrial philosophy."

We will be at the

General Society Library, 20 West 44 St., between 5th and 6th Aves., NYC,

at 7:30pm.

All are welcome!!

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From Alex Epstein's essay-- "The Industrial Manifesto":

America has enormous, incalculable, untapped potential to make
industrial progress—to radically increase our standard of living
through far greater productivity in energy production, in
manufacturing, in construction, in mining, in transportation...[but]
it is ruinously difficult to start new industrial projects because of
our anti-industrial, "green" policies...The industrialist is virtually
guaranteed to face a labyrinth of opposition by environmental
bureaucrats, controls, lawsuits, NIMBYs, and activist groups. Every
step of the labyrinth costs time and money, and there is no guarantee
a project will emerge alive; vital industrial projects can and have
been shut down to preserve the likes of kangaroo rats and two-toed
sloths...

"What does "green" really mean? It is most commonly associated with a
lack of pollution and other environmental health hazards, but this is
both far too narrow and highly misleading...It is considered "green"
to do less of anything industrial—from driving to flying to using a
washing machine to using disposable diapers to consuming pretty much
any modern product (there is now an attack on iPhones for being
insufficiently "green" given the various materials that must be mined
to make them)...Clearly, "going green" is not primarily about human
health—indeed, in its opposition to just about anything industrial, it
threatens the industrial foundations of modern health and sanitation.
The essence of "going green," the common denominator in all its
various iterations, is the belief that humans should minimize their
impact on nature.

Human beings survive by transforming nature to meet our needs. The
higher our level of survival, the more we must transform nature. In
other words, we survive to the extent we depart from the "green"
ideal.

Nature does not provide us with the wealth or the environment we need
to live long, healthy, happy lives; hence the historical life
expectancy of 30. To live and thrive, we must create wealth and create
a livable environment. And every new act of creation, from building
a fire to building an air-conditioned home to building the Internet,
requires additional impacting—transforming—­nature.


Historically, industrial progress brought with it a radical
improvement of the human environment. Indeed, industrial progress
essentially is the improvement of the human environment. The reason we
develop is to make our surroundings better so that our lives are
better, cleaner, healthier safer—in the face of a natural environment
that is often hostile to human life.

The only solution to a false ideal put forward by philosophical
corruption is a true ideal put forward with philosophical clarity.
We need to embrace, unambiguously, the never-ending project that is
the industrial revolution: the transformation of nature on a massive
scale, with the unlimited potential to produce more energy, create
more wealth, create more productivity, increase leisure time,
transport things more quickly, conduct more complex scientific
experiments, build sturdier, more comfortable places to live. We can
travel farther and faster. We can live longer and better.

For the same reasons, we need to embrace, unambiguously, the harmony
of industrial progress and the human environment. Industrial progress
should be celebrated in classrooms, on YouTube, on t-shirts. Americans
should think of fracking with the same excitement they feel for
iPhones.

The one and only industrial policy that is needed is the proper
definition and protection of property rights for individuals and
companies. Human ingenuity directed toward the improvement of human
life, will do the rest.

In the past, Americans' unprecedented industrial freedom and growth
depended on a certain industrial philosophy. With industrial progress
as our ideal, and with policies that fully respect property rights and
fully allow free markets, the brilliantly talented individuals of this
great country can lead us to the next industrial renaissance and an
ever-improving environment.

Don't "go green." Go industrial.

Interview with Alex Epstein:

http://www.theobjectivestandard.com/blog/index.php/2011/11/interview-with-alex-epstein-founder-of-center-for-industrial-progress/­
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