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Energy and Equity

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  178 ratings  ·  17 reviews
A junkie without access to his stash is in a state of crisis. The 'energy crisis' that exists intermittently when the flow of fuel from unstable countries is cut off or threatened, is a crisis in the same sense. In this essay, Illich examines the question of whether or not humans need any more energy than is their natural birthright. Along the way he gives a startling anal ...more
Paperback, 84 pages
Published by Harper & Row (first published January 1st 1973)
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Mohammad Reza
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
واقعتیش بعد از مطالعه این کتاب بعد از مدت ها به غیر از اطلاعات معمول هر کتاب یک رویکرد و بینش جدید به من اضافه شد که قبلا در من نبود

یکی از نکات عجیب این کتاب یا بهتر بگم این رساله ترتیب موضوعاتش بود به صورتی که با یک مقدمه خوب شروع و بعد به بیان صورت مسئله و در نهایت راه حل ختم شد.که در کمتر کتاب هایی همه این موضوعات به ترتیب رعایت میشه

اما در مورد موضوع کتاب : نویسنده سعی داره برای رسیدن به مفهوم عدالت و از بین بردن طبقات اجتماعی از مفهوم غیر منتظره سرعت استفاده کنه و در ادامه با مرتبط کردن مفاه
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Nahid Khassi
Jul 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ایوان ایلیچ در این کتاب کوتاه می‌گوید بحران انرژی که امروزه زیاد درباره‌اش می‌شنویم نه کمبود منابع انرژی ارزان، بلکه مصرف بیش از حد انرژی است. میزان سرانه مصرف انرژی تا یک حد بهینه موجب رفاه و عدالت بیشتر بین آدمیان می‌شود و بعد از این حد به بی‌عدالتی بیشتر منجر خواهد شد. ایلیچ در مثال حمل‌ونقلِ اشخاص حد انرژی را با حد سرعت برابر می‌گیرد و معتقد است "دموکراسی مبتنی بر مشارکت با تکنولوژی مبتنی بر انرژی اندک میسر تواند بود و مردان آزاد باید راه خود را به سوی روابط ثمربخش اجتماعی با سرعت سیر یک دوچ ...more
Filippo Macchi
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
A me quello che sconvolge che uno nel 1973 scriva un libro che oggi, nel 2017, non solo è attualissimo ma si rivela essere profetico sulla nostra fine. Una fine lenta e dolorosa come solo la peggior malattia sa fare.
Era forse Illich un visionario? O un profeta? O un illuminato? Non credo proprio, penso invece fosse una persona di buon senso con un'ottima capacità di analisi e questo piccolo lascito che è l'Elogio della bicicletta ne è una dimostrazione lampante.
Tutti oggi urlano al peggio, ma l'
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Dlrayscience
Mar 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
Illich presents a very unique argument in Energy and Equity; basically, he contends that not only is energy unevenly distributed throughout the world and between the social classes, but that the availability of abundant and cheap energy in any given society necessarily leads to increases in social inequality. Although he offers no realistic solutions to this dilemma, his understanding of affluence and the ability to travel at high velocities is one aspect of his line-of-reasoning that I will nev ...more
Michael
Jul 09, 2012 rated it did not like it
Summary: the evil motor enslaves society and causes inequality, but only when transportation surpasses the speed of a bicycle. Oh, come to find out Vietnam was a war between the motor and the bicycle also. Even as somebody who commutes by bike first and public transit second, I found this book useless.
Nick Grammos
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It takes me between 25-30 minutes to ride my bicycle to work. It takes me 45 minutes on average to take the train or tram. When I take my bike, I arrive refreshed, energised, fit, hedonic. I don't get that on the train or tram. Now, some would call me a lefty, progressive, arrogant, greenie, elitist, partly because I live close to the city and can do this. But there is in fact no better way to travel. Illich would imagine our cities designed for such purposes as joy and health rather than despai ...more
Alireza Banijani
May 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
یه رسالهٔ پر از حرف‌های واپسگرایانه و غیرعملی که بیشتر از همه‌چی در رد فناوری و تمایل به ایستاییه. خوندنش برای شناخت تهدیدات زمونه بد نیست، اما به نظرم هیچ تأثیری تو زندگی عملی امروزمون نمی‌تونه داشته باشه.
Tarik
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As usual with Illich, reads like a manifesto -- but always insightful and thought-provoking as to the inherent flaws in what is generally considered unequivocally positive technical progress.
Samuel Gee
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
There are many arguments against industrial transportation. Illich, unfortunately, makes no good ones.
Niloufar arbabian
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
بیان یک دیدگاه در مورد صنعت حمل و نقل و سرعت که به نظرم جالب بود و تا حالا اینطوری به قضیه نگاه نکرده بودم.
رسیدن به بلوغ فنی در برابر فقر صنعتی و صنعت زدگی جزو نتیجه گیری های جالب کتاب بود
paul
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Anarquismo llegará solo por bicicleta. Anarchism will only arrive on bike.
David Rush
Jul 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
I read the essay over 30 years ago and remembered being amazed. I remembered the idea of a Radical Monopoly where the societal structure is so pervasive in one approach that it, by its very structure, blocks any competition. Back in the 1980's riding a bicycle around Dallas was a pretty scary thing if you were doing anything other than hanging out in your own neighborhood. At least that is how I interpreted his idea of Radical Monopoly, especially he makes the claim in the book that the bicycle ...more
Ilmatte
letto per non sentirmi più un matto, quando dico che le piste ciclabili sono una scusa per ghettizzare le biciclette, per lasciare le auto libere di impossessarsi dello spazio e del tempo, e dell'anima delle persone. l'ho capito qualche sera fa, a pioltello, vedendo la difficoltà di un ciclista nel passare una rotonda. le rotonde sono fatte per le auto, non per i ciclisti. sempre più spazi sono fatti solo per le auto, e solo per le auto veloci. è lo stesso processo per cui da milano a roma ora s ...more
melo
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bici, non-fiction, ebook
il testo di Illich, che in realtà ho letto sotto il titolo (ben più pertinente) di "energia ed equità", soffre meno gli anni sulle spalle di quel che credevo, ma resta un testo strano.
con alcuni spunti interessanti, ma col paragrafo che sta in copertina che rimane forse l'unico veramente interessante. il resto è una teoria affascinante che però mi pare portata sempre troppo alle estreme conseguenze per avere un riscontro concreto nel mondo reale. pare quasi un manifesto futurista al contrario, u
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Mark
Mar 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
El socialismo puede llegar solo en bicicleta.” Jose Antonio Viera-Gallo, Assistant Secretary of Justice in the government of Salvador Allende. And so goes Illich’s argument for the bicycle. Thick, dense stuff, but the main point of his argument is that once a mode of transportation reaches a certain threshold (say 15-20 mph), the social structure is rearranged to accommodate the transport at the expense of free time and freedom of mobility. He also raises the concept of a “radical monopoly” wher ...more
Wolfgang
Geschwindigkeiten >25km/h (Fahrrad) sind schlecht für Mensch und Natur. So könnte man das Buch in ganz kurz zusammenfassen. Autos brauchen Platz, stehlen uns Zeit und teilen die Gesellschaft in arm und reich. Erkannte Herr Illich schon 1974. Dem habe ich erst mal nichts hinzuzufügen.

Das Buch liest sich an manchen Stellen etwas mühsam, der Autor ist ausgebildeter Theologe und Philosoph. Das merkt man gelegentlich.
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Alex
Jun 10, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ecology, philosophy
a very solid and short book, radical perspective on energy.
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Ivan Illich was an Austrian philosopher, Roman Catholic priest and critic of the institutions of contemporary western culture and their effects of the provenance and practice of education, medicine, work, energy use, and economic development.

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