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"I see little point in persisting in a discussion with one so obstinate as you" Martin White

Thursday, February 17, 2005

overheated issue

The best bit of writing I've found all week comes courtesy of George Monbiot. Here's an extract that strikes me as particularly sharp:

"The denial of climate change, while out of tune with the science, is consistent with, even necessary for, the outlook of almost all the world's economists. Modern economics, whether informed by Marx or Keynes or Hayek, is premised on the notion that the planet has an infinite capacity to supply us with wealth and absorb our pollution. The cure to all ills is endless growth. Yet endless growth, in a finite world, is impossible. Pull this rug from under the economic theories, and the whole system of thought collapses

And this, of course, is beyond contemplation. It mocks the dreams of both left and right, of every child and parent and worker. It destroys all notions of progress. If the engines of progress - technology and its amplification of human endeavour - have merely accelerated our rush to the brink, then everything we thought was true is false. Brought up to believe that it is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness, we are now discovering that it is better to curse the darkness than to burn your house down."

Enough said. On a lighter note, I'm trying not to be smug in tone as a foxhunting ban is now just around the corner. At last, they finally get on and put a stop to a pretty loathsome practice.

2 Comments:

Blogger mary said...

2nd train of thought leaves the station...

this panics me. here i am, sitting in my little mary-like world, whilst the whole world is basically slowly being destroyed. but would it have been better if we hadn't got the technology at all? we've made our lives comfier but ultimately fast-forwaded the end of the world, or something. i'm not scientific in the slightest, so i didn't understand the article all that well...i guess the most conclusive thing i can say is - scary bananas. and that is an extreme understatement.

i am also happy foxhunting is being stopped. although i do feel twinges of guilt for the people who'll lose their jobs cos of the ban.

10:47 AM  
Blogger postliberal said...

His basic point is, behind the rhetoric, quite simple. A lot of people think humanity will benefit with a continuously growing economy that makes everyone's lives more comfortable. But that rests on the assumption that the world has unlimited resouces to use. Which it doesnt, strangely enough. What's really worrying is that there doesn't seem to be any capacity in any of us to be able to come up with an alternative...

...as for the whole hunting thing. Well unlike Rod Liddle, I don't feel any satisfaction at personal hardship. But there has been a long run-up, for opportunities to adpat new skills, and there's still the alternative of draghunting. So it's hardly so cruel as the countryside alliance would like us to think.

2:56 PM  

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