An environmental group is on the case of the volcano hydro project. I am not here to state if they are correct or not, but to make some observations on the current state of the environment vs man vs economy. There may come a time when we, individually, will need to take a stand on our collective futures.
It has been ordained by U.N. Agenda 21/Sustainable Development (a/k/a by warm fuzzy names: Smart growth; Visioning projects; social justice; consensus, public/private partnerships, et al.) that we must adopt the three pillars:
(1) Economic Prosperity: “…current lifestyles and consumption patterns of the affluent middle class–involving high meat intake, use of fossil fuels, appliances, home and work air conditioning, and suburban housing are not sustainable.”–Maurice Strong, opening speech at Agenda 21;
(2) Social Equity: “Individual rights will have to take a back seat to the collective” in the process of implementing Sustainable Development — Harvey Ruvin;
(3) Ecological Integrity: Individual rights subordinated to nature — NATURE OVER MAN.
Capitalism has been accused of profits over man and therefore should be put down like some rabid animal.
I don’t know about anyone else, but all this juggling for supreme power (economic or environmental) over man leaves me feeling quite vulnerable: Is it a false choice that unless we surrender our property and freedoms, unless we subsume our individual rights to the good of the community our planet will not survive?
Can we not respect our environment as individuals without the control of international groups and the seductive lure of U.N. grants and retain our rights, freedoms, and national identity? Can we not encourage economic growth through a responsible free market economy — a/k/a capitalism — which has a track record of creating the most overall wealth of mankind and ability to encourage and lift people out of poverty? Is our only choice the adoption of socialism or a superpower of mankind (U.N., Al Gore or his ilk of mega-rich looking to transform from multi-millionaires to billionaires to trillionaires), which has historically kept the poor in poverty and in dependency of government handouts?
I contend it is not capitalism we need to fear. We need to eradicate crony capitalism — the patronage we see today in our own backyard. Along with it, corruption. These things alone do more to stifle man’s personal liberties and prosperity on all levels than anything devised by some superpower grab of the planet or its commercial assets.
“Nature over Man” or “Profits over Man” — either way the destiny of man is at the whim of one small group or another looking out for only themselves to grow richer or increase their power.
Making use of or benefiting from resources many not necessarily mean the destruction of the environment. Or does it?