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appropriate technology Anonymous >>559cd132d7e8dc8088 [Reply]

As Gandhi said, the poor of the world cannot be helped by mass production, only by production by the masses. 
The system of mass production, based on sophisticated,highly capital intensive, high energy input dependent, and human labour saving technology,  
presupposes that you are already rich, for a great deal of capital  
investment is needed to establish one single workplace. 

The system of production by the masses 
mobilises the priceless resources which are 
possessed by all human beings, their clever brains and skillful hands, 
and supports them with first class tools. 

The technology of mass production is inherently violent, 
ecologically damaging, self-defeating in terms of non-renewable resources, 
and stultifying for the human being. 

The technology of production by the masses, making use of the best of  
modern knowledge and experience, is conducive to decentralisation,  
compatible with the laws of ecology, gentle in its use of scarce resources, 
and designed to serve the human person instead of making them  
the servant of machines. 

I have named it intermediate technology to signify 
that it is vastly superior to the primitive technology of bygone ages 
but at the same time much simpler, cheaper, and freer than the super-technology of the rich. 
One can also call it self help technology, or democratic or people's technology  
a technology to which everybody can gain admittance and which is not reserved to those already rich and powerful. 
It will be more fully discussed in later chapters