"During [the canal's] three centuries it needed virtually no maintenance, it relied on no engines or fuel, no mining, no metals, no chemicals. There was no pollution, the boats could be hand built. ... It did not cause any emissions or erosion, it saved millions of man hours otherwise spent on ... roads. There were no accidents: at walking speed and thirty centimeter depth it was safe enough to have children playing in the middle of it with boats coming and going."



@grey Technocracy, founded by Howard Scott in 1919, proposed a system of canals across the American continents they called “continental hydrology.”

@onan It’s more of a precision tool than a blunt instrument. There are definitely many places where such a thing could have worked! That said, the American continent has an extremely varied topography. Such solutions seem like they could still have a place in many communities where the geography is conducive.

@grey Technocracy had many fascinating ideas that - I hesitate to say never, so let's say have not been tested yet.

Such as the "Energy Certificate" (EC). The price of goods and services determined by the amount of electricity used to produce and distribute them. Everyone gets an equal annual amount of EC, and those EC expire in a year. Economic inequality gets reset to equality once a year. Fascinating.

Here's their Continental Hydrology map...


@onan Huh. That's pretty neat. Less expansive than I was imagining, in one sense, in that it seems to be about much bigger canals, but still fascinatingly ambitious. I'll have to look into it more. Thanks for the tip!

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