Hi there Oz, great stuff.
I only want to make one point of clarification, for personal reasons.
Buckminster Fuller is a man who's work I have studied for many years. I have literally read all of his books.
What has happened, is some jackasses have taken Bucky's work, and totally perverted it in an attempt to gain credibility.
Buckminster Fuller was the designer of the Geodesic Dome, and he was also a Philosopher, and basically a good old fashioned Genius. He was out to do work to genuinely benefit humanity, even at great cost to himself.
As far as wealth, Bucky had some controversial and fascinating ideas that have been perverted by people like Kiyosaki. I was sickened to hear him quote him.
In Bucky's books Spaceship Earth, and Critical Path, and others, he discusses how the earth has enough renewable energy sources for all people to live at a good standard of living. (He was talking solar, wind, geothermal, creating a global energy grid, and many other ideas. One could give a 5 hour lecture about what Bucky had to say about this, but Bucky said that there is enough energy and "wealth" (as defined by him), to support all of humanity at a high standard of living.
Now these sleaze artists come along, and pervert his ideas, and then claim you can be rich, and Bucky proved it.
The reality is that Bucky said the EXACT OPPOSITE. In his chapter "Legally Piggilly", he destroys the Finance-Capitalists and what they have done, and basically calls them pirates and parasites.
So, anyway, this is not the subject of this thread, EXCEPT that Kiyosaki and his ilk are perverting the ideas of Bucky, and using his name for credibility. I have had some dealings with BFI, and they are good people, and have NOTHING to do with these charlatans.
I could write 1000 pages about Bucky, but BFI, and Bucky have NOTHING to do with these weasels. Bucky said that if we do things right, then the world can work for EVERYBODY. Bucky was basically a "socialist" with "Green" style leanings, a pacifist, but also an extreme Technologist, in the best possible sense of the word. He believed Science could be used to SERVE humanity, and not destroy the world. (he wanted to Design Tech that was "Green", and 100% renewable. He has a lot of very complex ideas along these lines which were original, and i have NOT summed them up properly here!).
He was totally opposed to so-called "Capitalism".
So they have twisted his ideas to suit their own greed.
Bucky was opposed to cults, and all this garbage.
He is about Trusting your OWN thinking, and thinking for yourself. Anyway, as you can see, Bucky was one of my "teachers" in book form, and the guy was legit. (yet still a flawed human, like all of us).
The guy changed my life in a great way. He was a legit Genius, and he also made lots of intellectual mistakes. But he was also a Philosopher, and us philosophers makes lots of mistakes!
BFI was set up to manage his archives, and to try to figure out ways for humanity to succeed. In my view they are totally legit. Unless someday some sleaze artist takes it over somehow.
But BFi was set up by his daughter, Allegra Fuller Snyder. [www.bfi.org
Bucky is hard to read, and takes time to understand. But he has nothing to do with "nothing down" Real Estate! :D :shock:
If Bucky were alive he could write a one-page expose on these two bit conmen, and their "tax strategies" to get rich, etc. As a matter of fact, he called them Fin-Cap, (Finance Capitalists) and wrote a lot about how these people were wrecking the planet.
Again, I’ll say it, Bucky's ideas are literally the exact opposite of what these conmen are saying. Bucky's ideas, if followed, could make you end up working for a non-profit org, or an NGO, and he encourages people to NOT seek personal enrichment, but to serve humanity in your own way, using your natural skills. Bucky ideas are not about getting rich, but are about trying to do your part to make the world a better place.
Anyway, I’ve gotten a little excited here!
But Bucky is great stuff, and it ticks me off to see these sleaze artists, pervert his ideas.
But, such is life!
(Actually, i think i might contact BFI, about them setting up a page on their website showing how Bucky has nothing to do with those types of sleaze artists!)
Here is also a link to the Buckminster Fuller Institute, one of the main sources for "Money and You"