Nestor Miguel Gorojovsky Gorojovsky at SPAMarnet.com.ar
Sun Nov 19 18:32:53 MST 2000

En relación a Re: Rain,
el 19 Nov 00, a las 9:16, Macdonald Stainsby dijo:

> WHY on (insert planet here) would the ruling class "make up" a series
> of scientific sounding predictions that lead to a neccessity for
> planned economic systems, the abolition of the private automobile and
> generally make unfettered growth 'seem' impossible if humanity is to
> continue on? Can anyone explain that?

I may give a hint, perhaps.

To begin with, I would clearly state that I personally believe that scientific
arguments are already proving that our planet is warming up, and that this warming
up is most probably originated in human action. So that what follows has little to
do with my convictions and there is a lot of speculation in what goes on.

The essential point, as Mac pointed out later on his posting and I am snipping here,
is that a gloomy mood is a good brewing broth for defeatism on the side of those
who, like us, are on the side of progress of humankind.  IF capitalism is accepted
as a "natural" thing, and Nature is a tremendously dangerous object whith the laws
of which we humans should not interfere, then capitalism is also not to be
interfered with.

In the Third World, this ideology not only may, but already _has_ served two

(a) to provide justification to deindustrialization (cases such as the Argentine one
are quite typical), and

(b) deflect the attention of would-be progressives from the deformation generated by
imperialism to ethic issues related with the usual "moralism" of petty bourgeois
progressives. The "Humanist" party is a good example of what I mean.

In this sense, Russell Grinker has posted something quite reasonable from my point
of view, some time ago.

Of course, understanding of this ideological role of gloom as regards environment
does not rule out the fact that objective data display a trend of warming, and that
they also display a strong increase in carbon dioxide concentration since the
beginnings of the industrial revolution. Too much of a coincidence to blame chance.


Néstor Miguel Gorojovsky
gorojovsky at arnet.com.ar

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