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  •  The resources exist (1+ / 0-)
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    land, water, for humanity to exist comfortably on Earth at double the current population. All it takes is an understanding that neoliberal economics is destroying the planet. Neoliberal economics demands that progress be measured. Our fault lies in how we measure progress. We measure it in the size of the economic pie. We need to forget about the size of the pie.

    Neoliberal economists have been feeding us a load of bull about resources and growing the pie. We need a neo-neoliberal view that the economic pie must be shared by the entire planet, not just a few wealthy nations. Once we understand that there won't be any limits to providing the entire Earth's population with the resources to live comfortably.

    The problem exists with the politicians telling us, especially in the US that "green" is equivalent with having to live a spartan lifestyle. We allow ourselves to be duped into believing this nonsense. Green means understanding that resources are finite and "deus ex machina" won't save us.

    We might have to establish colonies on the moon and Mars but once we do we will be able to use the resources there in a judicious manner.

    Knowledge is Power. Ignorance is not bliss, it is suffering.

    by harris stein on Sun May 19, 2013 at 11:51:43 AM PDT

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    •  I'm not sure you're considering the natural world (0+ / 0-)

      in these calculations. We do have to live in a spartan lifestyle. Too many people; too much consumption. When we've solved those issues, we can start to live big again.

      Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge. -Carl Sagan

      by howardfromUSA on Mon May 20, 2013 at 12:12:58 AM PDT

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