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The Green Progression

Postby Mythbhavd » Thu Jan 28, 2016 9:56 am

I really enjoyed the story, although I think it was a haunting and slightly depressing look back at the history that led to where we are at the moment technologically, economically, and ecologically. Toward the end of the book, Jonnie asks, "What should we do? Write a book?" I'm curious? Were you McDarvid or Black? I lean toward thinking you were McDarvid. Also, I couldn't help but notice that Jonnie was a Modesitt fan! I truly laughed out loud and got a look from my wife when I read the reference.
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Re: The Green Progression

Postby lmodesitt » Thu Jan 28, 2016 12:05 pm

Yes... in many ways we were, and a great number of the incidents in the book occurred, if in a non-fictional and less sensational way [there were no murders in the real-life occurrences], and McDarvid is closer to my life than I'm really comfortable with. The principal of the consulting firm for which I worked for a number of years has declared that it was very true to life. That may be why it was my worst-selling book ever.


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Re: The Green Progression

Postby Mythbhavd » Thu Jan 28, 2016 1:41 pm

It may have been released too close to the events which took place. Reading it today made it very interesting, at least to me. I was a teen when a lot of this took place. I grew up in Waynesboro VA, so we'd get a lot of news about things taking place around the beltway. My parents are in visiting us and I was telling them about the book today. They said that they remembered a number of news articles around issues like those that took place in the book. My dad worked for an industry that saw much of its production moved overseas during the 80s and 90s. It became harder and harder for his company to stay competitive with the restrictions against it. While his wasn't tied to the industries mentioned in the books, he worked in textiles, it still rang true.
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Re: The Green Progression

Postby Mythbhavd » Fri Jan 29, 2016 1:42 pm

With where we are today, what is the possibility of a regrowth of industry in our nation? Have we legislated and regulated it out for good?
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Re: The Green Progression

Postby lmodesitt » Fri Jan 29, 2016 2:31 pm

We're actually seeing industrial and manufacturing growth in the U.S. today. The problem from an employment point is that it's become so highly automated and computerized that it requires a fraction of the jobs it once did, and most of the employment requires much higher entry level skills. I wouldn't be surprised to see more industry returning, especially for heavy durable goods, because of transportation costs.


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Re: The Green Progression

Postby Mythbhavd » Wed Oct 31, 2018 10:15 am

"Well, what can we do?" McDarvid asked. "Write a book?"

Why yes...yes you could. :D
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