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Question: What is something each of us should be doing that we're not?

D. Quinn Mills: How can I, in the people that are closes to me make a more significant contribution to our collective life, and in the United States the question ought to be how can we be a little less hypocritical, I forget to talk about the, if we talked about two things, peace in the world and improvement in the environment, then for goodness sake lets do something about the carbon emission, we really don’t have to have the cars in the way that we do and this is another enormous lost opportunity. Over the last 50 years, we could have built public transportation systems in the United States and avoided this whole crazy mess that we are in the now in the Middle East, but there is big piece of it is oil. So, I think that is the single most important thing, we could quit talk in about these things and start doing some serious. Now, they require a big sacrifice and basically as a society we are not prepare to do that.

Recorded on: 9/27/07

 

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