Tracking Fritzs Footsteps: Meditations on E.F.Schumachers A Guide for the Perplexed

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The population is growing by a couple of million a year. Did sending the half million Bengalis into the Chittagong Hill Tracts solve anything? No — a few months later the population in the rest of the country was just as high as it was before, and the Chittagong Hill Tracts are now ruined as well. Mankind will sacrifice nature in a minute to make a profit. It is easy to understand why a desperately poor father will kill the last wild animal or cut down the last remaining rain forest, to feed his family. But greedy entrepreneurs will do this in a heartbeat, just to make a quick buck. In my previous home of North Carolina, for example, hog production has recently been introduced on a massive industrial scale.

Where once were small farmers raising a few hogs, there are now gigantic hog factories, selling hogs to the world.

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Periodically, the lagoons rupture, killing all life in the streams that are choked with this rotting sewage. Does America need these hog farms? Absolutely not. But with hog factories, it is possible to make big profits by selling hogs cheaply around the world. With industrial agricultural production methods such as these, it may be possible to support a population of one or two billion people in the US, not just a meager million.

I recently returned from a business trip to Botswana.

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This land is a paradise of wildlife. Unfortunately, the human population is soaring — a population growth rate of 2. At this rate, the current population of 1,, will double in just 34 years.

So what is being done? Its major export commodities are diamonds and beef.

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But the opportunity to do so will not last for long. The next impact, millions of years from now, might very well extinguish humanity. While the task sounds easy, it can be surprisingly difficult to do it well. Edition Unstated. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact.

Every cow that is raised in Botswana displaces a similar wild creature, such as a kudu, bushbuck, zebra, giraffe, gemsbok, wildebeest, or buffalo. The cattle population is now 2. A kudu in the wild is a magnificent sight; it is of no value, however, compared to the money earned by using its habitat to raise beef for export.

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He believed that universal prosperity cannot be accepted as the foundation for peace, because, if it is achievable at all, is attainable only by cultivating greed and envy, which destroy happiness and peace. Increasing city size has led to enormous problems and human degradation. Its vastly complicated nature. Its continuous stimulation of, and reliance on, the deadly sins of greed, envy, and avarice. Its destruction of the content and dignity of most forms of work.

Its authoritarian character, owing to organization in excessively large units.

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He criticized the ever-intensified idolatry of getting rich quickly. He did it mainly by depleting or destroying the natural resources. He cut down or burned most of the usable timber from forested hillsides and valleys. He overgrazed and denuded the grasslands that fed his livestock.

He killed most of the wildlife and much of the fish and other water life. He permitted erosion to rob his farmland of its productive topsoil. He allowed eroded soil to clog the streams and fill his reservoirs, irrigation canals, and harbors with silt. In many cases, he used and wasted most of the easily mined minerals and other needed minerals. There have been from ten to thirty different civilizations that have followed this road to ruin. The only difference this time is that there is no where else to go.

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Modern man has filled the planet to the brim with human beings, and when he finishes off the land this time, he will have soiled the nest for all mankind for all time. It describes small, sustainable systems of human living that produce sufficient food and fuel for human activity and recycle all of their waste. He stated that for man to put himself in a wrongful relationship with animals has always been a horrible and infinitely dangerous thing to do.

He cited Proverbs, in which it is written that the just man takes care of his beast, but the heart of the wicked is merciless. This point of view is not a moral point of view: it is based on selfishness and greed. Mark W. This chapter has been about economics. Economics is the driving force that has corrupted mankind and is destroying the planet. Economics — the dismal science. But beware! The time for all this is not yet.

For at least another hundred years we must pretend to ourselves and to every one that fair is foul and foul is fair; for foul is useful and fair is not. Avarice and usury and precaution must be our gods for a little while longer. In the long run, our sun runs out of fuel and the biological life of our solar system dies.

In the long run, it does not matter a whit whether you do take a stand to protect your family, your culture, your nation. Life is not without meaning and purpose, but you must define the meaning and purpose. Your life will be defined by the stands that you take. The choice is ours. Economics cares nothing about the environment, ecology, biodiversity, or quality, or culture, unless you can put a price tag on them.

All that matters is economic efficiency and output. It does not matter that our environment is destroyed by immigration as long as economic activity continues. The environment is nothing more than an externality. Culture means nothing to economics.

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Quality means nothing to economics. When I was young, all of the furniture I bought was solid walnut. After a while, most of the world's walnut was gone, and it was necessary to switch to solid cherry.