Re: [OPE] A brief socialist history of the automobile | Links

From: Paul Cockshott (
Date: Tue May 20 2008 - 08:46:54 EDT

Whilst it is conceivable that human life will be eliminated, I think 
that is somewhat of
a straw man. One is talking permian/triassic transition for that or 
worse, which
is well outside the range of what climate models predict.

Much milder scenarios are bad enough -- significant population decline 
due to food shortages
for example.

> > In a typically opportunist way they evade the issue of nuclear power.
> Hi Paul C:
> Agreed. They were opposed to nuclear power before and they
> should be opposed to nuclear power today. The mentality used
> by the proponents of nuclear power in the past is precisely what
> has led to the environmental crisis of today: i.e. there was
> blithe indifference to the negative environmental consequences
> in the belief that over time there would be a 'technological fix'
> to the problems associated with nuclear power. In other words,
> there was a blind and optimistic belief in the prospects for new
> technologies: everything, they told themselves, will work out 'in
> the end'.   Armed with such a belief and indifference to everything
> that does not translate into increased profitability, capital has
> launched us on a path which could very well end with the
> 'negation of the negation' (in this case, the annihilation of human
> life on this planet).
> In solidarity, Jerry
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