Scott Locklin, in a rant on an article devoted to America’s top under-25 entrepeneurs:
Dear America: you can’t have an economy based on narcissism, good intentions, marketing, catering to rich bored people, really excellent webpages, and selling underpants on the internet. I’m afraid you’ll have to make something of value. If this is the best the “almost under 25″ generation is able to come up with, we are well and truly screwed.
which summarizes my views about what we need to do as well as anything. My view is somewhat more nuanced: management and design follows engineering which follows manufacturing. The idea that we’re going to have managers or designers over here while the manufacturing is somewhere else is nuts. Engineers need to work with manufacturing and you can’t do that from 12,000 miles away even with the Internet.
More from Scott Locklin on energy independence:
the hair shirt crowd needs to grow up; you can’t power the United States on pinwheels and solar powered calculators. You can’t save an important amount of energy unless you’re willing to eat gruel and live like a serf; and not a make-believe serf that takes international plane flights to save-the-world parties either. Americans as a people are a nation of artificers, mechanics and ingenious inventors; it wouldn’t be America without jet funny cars and monster trucks; let’s make them nuclear powered, and monster truck our way into …. the human future!
His view of climate change jibes pretty well with mine: he’s skeptical of the claims of the climatologists but thinks that reducing the amount of carbon we’re releasing into the atmosphere is probably a good idea.