Neither Paolo nor Bucky are the easiest speakers to follow easily in a less-than- intimate venue but the place was SRO. Jam-packed. And those two cutting edge guys did "have it out." Their debate wasn't taped but what I remember was they mostly concurred: both of them told us flat out what was important for the world, and they agreed what is important is. Clear water. Breathable air. Arable soil.
Is that conclusion easily deduced from their writing? Well, that depends what kind of reading you like to do. Paolo's Quaderni, parsed into free verse on this website, are not your average breakfast snack. By the same token, neither is Bucky. Lookee here:
"Acutely aware of our beings’ limitations and acknowledging the infinite mystery of the a priori Universe into which we are born but nevertheless searching for a conscious means of hopefully competent participation by humanity in its own evolutionary trending while employing only the unique advantages inhering exclusively to those individuals who take and maintain the economic initiative in the face of the formidable physical capital and credit advantages of the massive corporations and political states, deliberately avoiding political ties and tactics while endeavoring by experiments and explorations to excite individuals’ awareness and realization of humanity’s higher potentials, I seek, through comprehensive anticipatory design science and its reductions to physical practices, to reform the environment instead of trying to reform humans, being intent thereby to accomplish prototyped capabilities of doing more with less; whereby, in turn, the wealth-augmenting prospects of such design science regenerations will induce their spontaneous and economically successful industrial proliferation by world-around services’ managements; all of which chain-reaction provoking events will both permit and induce humanity to realize full, lasting economic and physical success, plus enjoyment of all the Earth without one individual interfering with or being advantaged at the expense of another."
Pretty formidable, eh? These guys expected to be taken seriously, though. That's how they thought, that's how they meant to be taken.
But "easy"? Hmmm. Quick reads, they weren't. Still ain't.