Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Red versus Green explanations of the mounting environmental problems that confront humankind.

Today I was made aware of two articles providing very different assessments of the underlying causes of the mounting environmental problems that confront humankind. One provides a socialist interpretation in which capitalism (correctly in my view) is identified as the most environmentally destructure social and economic system created thus far in human history (available on the IS0-NZ website).

The other is an interview in the NZ Listener magazine with the current Co-Leader of the NZ Green Party, Russel Norman, who states: 'capitalism was “humanised” between the 1930s and 1950s and “the next challenge is to green it”. It may surprise some people to learn that Norman is not anti-capitalist. “I support a market economy with an important role for the state. I am not radically different from an old-style social democrat.”


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