Democracy demands… the speed of a bicycle

“High speed is the critical factor which makes transportation socially destructive. A true choice among practical policies and of desirable social relations is possible only where speed is restrained. Participatory democracy demands low-energy technology, and free people must travel the road to productive social relations at the speed of a bicycle.” – Ivan Illich, Energy and Equity, 1974.

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2 thoughts on “Democracy demands… the speed of a bicycle

  1. So true. I was biking home from tutoring today and saw a dog that looked like ours so I stopped and had a nice chat with the owner.

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