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Capitalism Saves The Day! Let's Kill It!

 
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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2007 8:13 am    Post subject: Capitalism Saves The Day! Let's Kill It! Reply with quote

Interesting debate going on in Grist.org, by me (I've labelled myself "The Denier Guy") and a bunch of Greeners.

http://gristmill.grist.org/story/2007/5/4/04942/93092/#comment77

I wanted to start a new thread here based on my last retort...which seems to be based on the contradictions of the Greens.

On the one hand, the Greens condemn industrial society for being a CO2 spewing, energy wasting leviathan. On the other hand, they will also tout products such as electric cars, and solar panels with "quantum dots". The thing is, to build such high tech products, which exist at the far end of the food chain, requires all the existing (CO2 spewing) infrastructure to make the materials, and drive the scientists to work, and so on, so that the solar panels can be built.

So, how can you have it both ways?

A more rational approach would seem to say, look, capitalism generates its own replacement. It did this when we went from coal belching smokestacks to clean industry...so why not relax and let it work it's magic?

To me the entire economy behaves like a living organism. When the environment changes, it evolves -- producing better and cleaner products. But we have to be patient and wait for the old system to produce the new system.

Stifling the old system in its tracks, and putting it under the heavy weights of taxation and regulation would seem to delay, not enhance, the evolution of next generation technologies which stand a much stronger chance of solving the current problems of CO2, and pollution.
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