Ted Turner Looks at the World

Ted Turner, an exceptional multi-billionaire who doesn’t claim to understand the dynamics of exponentionally growing complexity of social systems, like the society or ‘the economy’ and ‘the (stock) market. He also, rather humbly, states with a spaghetti-western alike presence of a contemporary cowboy that he hardly can read a balance sheet. In short, he’s above all just a very cool old lad. A minor note; he also happens to be the founder of a company called CNN, is still the largest land owner in the US and has been married to Jane Fonda. Probably the most important thing he talks about in this video is the importance of getting rid of the nuclear weapons, after having saved at least 50.000 bizons of course!

He tackles, with natural, wild-west rhetoric, the current politics, the need for sustainable energy, population growth, equal rights in the society, the collapse of conventional newspapers… and nuclear weapons. Maybe he’s a just little too much of a typical capitalist philathropist.

But that aside, how can you not like a guy that for example appreciates the Russians because of their love for ballet, symphony and chess on one hand, and their anthropomorpic drinking habits on the other? And who has 50.000 bizons on his land while having Jane Fonda as a life companion at the same time…

Ergo, Ted Turner is an honest seeming cool old cowboy, philanthropist, billionaire, entrepreneur, media tycoon; with a clearcut worldview and a very pragmatic mindset.

Check it out for there are plenty far less useful things one could be doing right now, and one most often is doing…

Momorable quotes:

  • I like horses, I mean…I love  horses, but I don’t want to have to ride them…cars are better, electric that is.
  • I like newspapers. (…) The newspapers are extraordinary wastefull (…) you gotta cut down trees (…) then you gotta print the whole god damn thing (…) while you can get the same information on your BlackBerry for free (…) It’s over for news papers, it’s been over for newspapers. It’s sad but that’s just the way the whistle blows (…)
  • God bless our soul…we elected the dubmest guy in whole America to be our president. You know…and he set us back, he set us back 25, 30 years back (…)

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