|Subject:||[socialcredit] RE: OWNERSHIP: Malthusian Pessimism|
|Date:||Thursday, March 3, 2005 12:02:26 (-0500)|
|From:||Ed Dodson <ejdodson @.......net>
Ed Dodson responding...
As a member of the small global community of stalwart supporters of Henry
George's analysis of political economy, I am in the camp who believes there
is no actual scarcity of natural resources. That said, it is also very true
that our systems of law -- embedded as they are with privilege -- result in
enormous misuse and waste where the natural environment is concerned. We are
all by our nature "rent-seekers" and the laws of the land encourage rather
than discourage this behavior.
Some of my colleagues in the "Georgist" community label me a neo-Malthusian
because I have argued that under the current circumstances and our current
means of producing goods the human footprint on the earth must be reduced if
we are to survive long enough to solve the problems created by the way in
which we are organized and live.
China is becoming a demonstration case to show the link between uncontrolled
development, a huge and growing population and migration of population from
rural to urban regions: loss of fertile cropland, desertification of areas
cleared of forest cover, interruption of the natural cycle of renewal
created by river flooding, reliance on irrigation for agriculture (draining
aquifers) etc. etc. Even in the United States, the differences are
differences only of degree.