Superintendent David VanLuven is hopeful corporate technocracy – see his recent words extolling the virtue of an entity like Plug Power – holds the answer to a better world. I wish I could share his vision. My affinities always ran more to Thoreau than Verne; more to the soul than material; more to freedom than rigid order. In the present moment especially, as I look a couple of hundred miles to the north, I can’t imagine continued human flourishing depends more on improved electric batteries than on the reassertion of the unalienable human rights I thought we all agreed accompanied the birth of every human being. This might be a topic on which an elected official might opine. One might even hope to hear some such official offer a defense of those things once taken for granted. In Australia, the government recently unveiled some wonderful new technology – acoustic and heat weapons – that they unleashed on the enemies of the state. You know, anybody who doesn’t obey. Are these “products for a better world?” On this, I would like to hear the Superintendent’s thoughts.