[Marxism] Eating is not over-consumption

Shane Mage shmage at pipeline.com
Thu Apr 23 13:45:54 MDT 2009


On Apr 23, 2009, at 2:14 PM, S. Artesian wrote:
>
> The issues are not population and consumption.


The notion of "overconsumption" demands the question: consumption of  
what?  There can be no overconsumption of current renewable output.   
The problem is the consumption (by extraction and by pollution) of  
irreplaceable environmental resources--the atmosphere, the oceans, all  
sorts of minerals, wetlands, carbonaceous fossils, fertile soil,  
animal species, fresh water.  All these resources have already been  
depleted beyond the point at which further depletion is blatant  
overconsumption.

Therefore any current consumption that requires further environmental  
degradation is overconsumption, whether the population of consumers is  
many or few.


Shane Mage

> This cosmos did none of gods or men make, but it
> always was and is and shall be: an everlasting fire,
> kindling in measures and going out in measures."
>
> Herakleitos of Ephesos




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