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September 15, 2010
Worth A Read

If I had the time to bloviate today it would likely have something to do with the ideas bandied about in one or more of the following articles:

Reducing Hunger and the iron law of climate policy

few are going to be willing to increase (or arrest the decrease of) the number of starving people around the world to further an emissions reductions agenda.

So we'll simply have to find another way -- one that prioritizes (rather than slows) economic growth and one that focuses on making energy less costly. Until we do so, climate policy will continue to make little progress. It is an iron law.

Climate policy isn't about climate, it's about the fussy little culture war snits that monopolize the minds of activists. They aren't actually stupid in the sense of having low IQs (whatever those are), but they act stupidly due to their obsessions.

Save the planet, shop Walmart.

given the political cluelessness, uncertain signals (is nuclear energy a good thing or a bad thing?), and anti-scientific knuckle dragging from environmentalists on subjects like the use of GMOs in agriculture, itís likely that a world run by Walmart would be both richer and cleaner than a world run by Greenpeace. Not that I want Walmart (or Greenpeace) to run the world, but at the end of the day, being ruthlessly cheap is the most important way of being green. To cut out waste, to use methods of production that cut the energy consumed at every stage in the process, to strip packaging to the barest minimum, to reduce the amount of raw materials in every product: this is the mother lode of green. This is how a growing human population limits its impact on the earth. This is where Walmart and green are as one.
Green policy isn't about green, it's about the fussy little culture war snits that monopolize the minds of activists. They aren't actually stupid in the sense of having low IQs (whatever those are), but they act stupidly due to their obsessions.

A post-ideological index of good governance

Huge size didnít hurt us much in the US as long as we were a fairly small and laissez-faire government. But as our government gets increasingly active (think health care) the large size and diversity of the US becomes an increasing drawback. . .

In my view the left/right debate is this country is so vicious because we are debating second best policies in a policy-making regime that is profoundly dysfunctional. . .

I see these small countries with good governance as models that point the way forward, past our stale ideological debates. The question is whether we will pay attention to the lessons they are providing.

Economic policy isn't about economics, it's about the fussy little culture war snits that monopolize the minds of activists. They aren't actually stupid in the sense of having low IQs (whatever those are), but they act stupidly due to their obsessions.

Also Thatís not being a public intellectual who gets quoted in the media, thatís being an intellectual in public. Completely different sort of thing.

Posted by back40 at 07:31 AM | politics

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