But wait, what does any of this have to do with sustainable design? Well, on page 271, I was particularly struck by the following passage:
Technology and communication have changed our world and are influencing a global culture... Just as democracy and educational exchange promote peace, the free flow of modern technology and communication promote peace... Globalization may be the most fundamental element of conflict resolution that has developed. The more nations trade with one another, the more they have to lose by engaging in conflict with one another... Just as democracy promotes peace, trade promotes peace.Okay, this isn't the first time it's been said. But in a book that argues so eloquently for the liberalization of the Middle East, the argument that the Internet acts as a tool for promoting peace becomes particularly poignant. The Internet as sustainable design: there's a thought that could be taken much further.