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Keeping Nature Exactly as Is ... Forever

Francis W. Porretto Wrote: May 02, 2012 6:37 AM
"Of course, that requires abolishing civilization. But if humanity's impact on nature is an evil, abolishing us wouldn't be so bad." There's a group that advocates exactly that: the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement (http://www.vhemt.org). Point that out to anyone who fails to understand the inevitable terminus of the environmentalists' dogmas.
DWinch Wrote: May 02, 2012 9:19 AM
These are the ones who should blow their brains out and lead by example.
The rest of us will applaud them and give them our utmost respect.

The human brain is torn between simple intuition and the more complex hard work of figuring out the unintended consequences of any policy. Who doesn't like thinking about trees and greenery and happy animals? Who doesn't want to see steps taken to protect those things, all else being equal? But all else is not equal. Civilization doesn't work when central planners treat each tree as if its value is infinite.

Politicians specialize in convincing you that, with their help, you can have your cake and eat it, too. The idea of a new "green economy" that is both clean and rich...