Compelled to face with sober senses the real conditions of our lives

(written by lawrence krubner, however indented passages are often quotes). You can contact lawrence at:

This weblog will be a place where I write about my projects, and about the larger subject of innovation, and about people’s fears regarding innovation. I use the term “innovation” in a broad sense – the creative destruction that overturns things that are assumed to be settled, that renders old mental models irrelevant, while expanding the range of possibilities that people enjoy.

In some sense, everything that can be said on this subject has already been said. In another sense, people are gaining new insights into this subject every day. As I work on my own projects, I am sure I will be discovering nuances that only occur to someone when they are building something. I hope to be able to occasionally offer some idea that is truly fresh. But again, I acknowledge that philosophers and economists have trod this ground for centuries now. When I change the word “bourgeois” to “entrepreneur”, I find that the language of Karl Marx still works to describe the kind of all encompassing innovation that I am thinking about:

The [entrepreneurs] cannot exist without constantly revolutionizing the instruments of production, and thereby the relations of production, and with them the whole relations of society. Conservation of the old modes of production in unaltered form, was, on the contrary, the first condition of existence for all earlier industrial classes. Constant revolutionizing of production, uninterrupted disturbance of all social conditions, everlasting uncertainty and agitation distinguish the [entreprenurial] epoch from all earlier ones. All fixed, fast frozen relations, with their train of ancient and venerable prejudices and opinions, are swept away, all new-formed ones become antiquated before they can ossify. All that is solid melts into the air, all that is holy is profaned, and people are at last compelled to face with sober senses their real condition of life and their relations with their kind.

I will create, learn, and, as best I’m able, teach. If I’m lucky, I will glean enough to help others see, with sober senses, the extent of the change, and its meaning.