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What if they gave an Industrial Revolution and nobody came?

Thanks Jason for the article, I think it's a useful lens for looking at the past.

The idea of having the right economic conditions for progress and invention reminded me of what Bill Gates calls the "Green Premiums" for the changes we need to make to move away from higher emissions (I imagine others have made the point before). Gates's argument is that we need to create the right environment to "prime" the world for investing and creating these more sustainable technologies, and it seems like a proactive way that one may try to recreate the an Industrial Revolution Britain. (Whether it would work or not is a different matter!)