posted on Jun, 26 2012 @ 11:26 PM
I share some libertarian values, but where I strongly oppose is regarding consumption and waste management.
The whole idea of liberty is that it is your right to do what you want for yourself, as long as you are not infringing on the lives, liberty and
pursuit of happiness of others.
Well, ecosystem degradation from constant and unhealthy consumption, whether intentional or unintentional, does just that. It destroys ecosystems that
the current and future generations depend on for their own HEALTHY consumption and happiness. And we're all guilty of it. Some more than others.
The current industrial, constant consumption based economy not only infringes on the lives of others, but is unsustainable. The answer is NOT less
regulation. The invisible hand couldn't care less about what happens to stuff after it's consumed.
We've been doing things basically the same way since the Industrial Revolution when there was very limited knowledge of particular consumption
effects. Planetary limits, ecosystem degradation and pollution were never considered. Now the economy and population are bigger than anyone ever
imagined, mainly because of oil, and our consumption habits are so ingrained, it's hard for people to think of another way of life.
Thing is, changing our consumption habits doesn't have to mean less material wealth and a lower quality of life.
Something like Bill McDonough's cradle to cradle design is brilliant. Growth and consumption in his system are actually healthy because there is a
plan for the waste. Waste is what he calls biological and technical nutrients in his system. It could be a beautiful thing.
Either way, the laws of nature will force us to change whether we like it or not. The question is do we do it consciously before it gets really bad or
do we go through a very painful process because we're in denial?
We really need our private and public leaders to step up and address it, but unfortunately no one is really even talking about it. I'm sure it has
nothing to do with special interest groups that want anything but the system they are making unprecedented profits from to change.
Honestly, the more I hear politicians and corporations talk about where their priorities are, the more pessimistic I become.