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Monday, March 14, 2005

Paying the Piper

The exponential growth of capitalism and the increasing consumption of raw materials and energy that goes with it have resulted in a rapidly compounding environmental problem. Under capitalism, it is the production of goods and services that generate the most profits for capital that are promoted, not those most beneficial to humanity and the earth.

It is important to acknowledge that capitalism is a system that pursues accumulation and growth for its own sake. It is an entity, in of itself, which is driven by the single-minded need on the part of business for ever-greater accumulation of capital. Capitalists do not restrict their activities to the production of commodities that satisfy basic human needs, such as food, clothing, shelter, and the amenities essential to the reproduction of human beings and society. Instead, the production of more and more profits becomes an end in itself, and the types of goods produced or their ultimate usefulness becomes completely immaterial.

Consider my favorite; the leaf blower. I’m sure everyone has his or her own ridiculous item. Caught up in this unrelenting process of accumulation and creative destruction, the system runs roughshod over each and every thing that stands in its path: all human and natural requirements that interfere with the accumulation of capital are considered barriers to be overcome. Thus, every effort is made to avoid the true cost of production, whether at the expense of the environment in terms of pollution, or by ever increasing debt that is laid in the lap of future generations to absorb and deal with like a curse from the past. Capitalism’s private enterprise must be regarded as an economy of unpaid or externalized costs, unpaid in so far as a substantial portion of the true costs of production are shifted to third persons or ultimately borne by society as a whole.

Since this is a structural mindset of capitalism, what likelihood is there that new or newly applied technology will be able to prevent environmental degradation from expanding along with the economy? And I think this applies to techno-fixes, as well as, new primary science like fusion power. Already we are seeing renewed efforts to drill in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge, along with pending legislation to overturn the ban on coastal offshore drilling. The next round of hurdles to overcome will be those regulations we have enacted to protect the environment, worker’s safety, and an individual’s rights to privacy and from the scourge of tyranny.

I rather doubt we could have ever achieved this level of technological prolific consumption and affluence if we had “paid the piper” as we went. Many businesses would not have been profitable without externalizing the costs. The time to “pay the piper” is upon us: global warming and dimming, lost of top soil, habitat and species loss, and 37 trillion dollars of debt with no end in sight. We have to disembark from the pursuit of short-term profit in the present that comes at the expense of a marginal existence for future generations, both ecologically and financially. This would entail a society governed not by the search for profit but by peoples’ genuine needs, and the requirements of socio-ecological sustainability. The likelihood of a consensus move in that direction taking place anytime soon is probably zero, but with the advent of peak oil on the near horizon, we just might end up there by default.

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