Weekend Watching : James Burke's "Connections"Submitted by JoeDanger on Sat, 01/23/2010 - 20:20
I loved this series, and since it's now on youtube, thought I'd share. It's absolutely fascinating the way the host details how one invention, led to another, and to another, etc...I think it parallels how libertarians feel about unleashing the creativity of the individual, and the power that comes from allowing that to occur.
From wiki -
Connections explores an "Alternative View of Change" (the subtitle of the series) that rejects the conventional linear and teleological view of historical progress. Burke contends that one cannot consider the development of any particular piece of the modern world in isolation. Rather, the entire gestalt of the modern world is the result of a web of interconnected events, each one consisting of a person or group acting for reasons of their own (e.g., profit, curiosity, religious) motivations with no concept of the final, modern result of what either their or their contemporaries' actions finally led to.