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Creating problems, then solving them

Dear Editor:I would like to add Sue Gray’s name to the list of people whose ideas the Aspen Institute ought to listen to … but won’t. Actually, they are probably terrified of new ideas. You have to understand the background context of something like the Festival of Ideas.Bankrolled by a wealthy elite, the unspoken but real intent is to try and solve the world’s problems while at the same time maintaining their hegemony over the world’s wealth and resources. This of course is impossible. So they bring in the big names to put a new coat of blusher on the face of the great whore, but it means nothing. What the British call a talking shop. These alleged great thinkers are the same ones who helped create and maintain the problems. Highly unlikely that they will turn around and solve them.One can see the same sort of unspoken context befouling the air in the city’s core values discussion. The core values of most of the local politicians and leaders are that God has granted developers a divine right to destroy everyone else’s peace, tranquility and quality of life for their personal profit. The developers’ core values are that they can make enough money selling out Aspen to buy themselves a place somewhere they haven’t ruined yet. With such a background, we’ll get a staged show, and then it’s on with selling indulgences (er, I mean variances and exemptions to the code).Richard GordonAspen