what can we do, ZPG, etc.
timd at ROM.ON.CA
Wed Mar 29 19:03:53 CST 1995
i _don't_ know about keynes or friedman or those guys, but it seems to
me the equation is more complex than just population.
nationalism vs the globalism. like it or not (i despise the idiot
flag-waving, "patriotic" version i grew up with in the usa), nation
states have their uses. they are finite units with known ecological
constraints, and some at least have _some_ historical basis for
existing (canada, quebec... ). they are the units of governance, so
that laws can be made for them that reflect some kind of national
will, assuming some form of democracy. for example, nationalistic
barriers to free trade mean that every nation can be to some extent
self-sufficient in food production, thus protecting a diversity of
ways of life, land uses, etc. globalism (e.g. north american free
trade) means that business is business, and you get yr food wherever
multinational corps can buy it cheapest. goodbye family farm, hello
technology. skilled jobs producing new goods are being replaced by
lower paid unskilled production or service industry ones. given
globalism and technology, jobs and people migrate so as to reduce the
cost of labor, so that a lot of incomes stay low or get lower and only
a relatively few see their incomes increase (obscenely?) people in
micronesia or mexico or macao want a slice of the pie too, and we in
the (free trading) 1st world get nice cheap clothes, inexpensive data
entry, what have you, to go with our constrained middle class (or
population. no question, _more_ people want slices of the pie.
unfettered capitalism. the "national will" arguably can be bamboozled
into thinking that deregulation is the answer, witness the 1994
congressional election in the usa. bamboozled because individuals and
corporations with incredible resources have a huge financial stake in
deregulation and freer trade. all the ills of us society are laid at
the door of the new deal, supposedly the us version of socialism. it
never was. the chickens (of poverty, racism, etc.) were detoured and
delayed by new deal policies, but they are heading home to roost
regardless - because the attempt to achieve social justice was so
half-hearted in the first place. [further digression: the usa and
former ussr really weren't that different. government jobs in both
systems were/are sinecures in which it has been possible to do little
or nothing and get paid, or invent work and get paid. same jobs also
provide opportunities for creative, responsible people to do important
so what then can we do about it? all the things warren lamboy
>The most important is to work to limit the growth of the human
>population to zero and actually to decrease (in the long run)
>the total number of human inhabitants of the earth.
by making it more fun and more secure to have only one kid,
if that (i have 2).
>The second is to ensure that the number of unwanted children
>that are born is minimized, so that those children that are
>brought into the world know what it is like to be well-cared
>for, and in turn, can care for someone and something else,
>e.g., the natural world.
so support universal access to daycare, planned parenthood,
public education, sex education, and so many other things
that are supposed to be BAD. (i like neal evenhuis' point
about religion. inadvertently i've put my 6 yr old off the
bible because of the 'dominion over the earth' bit.
>The third is to become active in organizations such as the
>Nature Conservancy, Sierra Club, local plant and animal groups,
ok, but i'm not a fan of groups that hold up rats and mice as
victims of "scientific fascism." i may have chosen to work
with plants but i like eating and being healthy.
>Of course, unless human population growth is brought to zero,
>prospects for ultimately saving natural diversity are nil.),
but recognizing the larger context that i suggest above is
operative, and recognizing that maybe what we need is a much
more fundamentally subversive movement based on a combination of
altruism and _enlightened_ self-interest. [i can just see all
those corporate donations to organizations i respect drying up
all over the place... there are NO simple answers]
i will not do this again.
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