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environmentalism

EnvironmentPosted by Jan Lester Thu, April 03, 2014 11:34:08

environmentalism The view that ‘the environment’ (everything that is not man or manmade, apparently) requires protection, usually via *politics. Although dressed up as a science-based ethic, at the extreme this ‘Green’ *ideology has become a fashionable *religion of sentimentality and technophobia whilst also being extremely *authoritarian and even misanthropic in its political aspirations.

Eliminating all of man’s environmental effects is impossible (without the *genocide or demise of all human beings: the most extreme Green ambition, apparently) as new effects will constantly arise in a dynamic *market, and environmental changes arise from a dynamic nature too. Environmentalists tend to hate the dynamism of both and want to stop, or even reverse, *economic development and possibly *natural change itself (maybe mistaking it as human-caused).

Real human-caused environmental problems are chiefly negative effects for which politics is responsible. *Depoliticizing ‘the environment’ largely solves these problems by making those people who are responsible pay and causing the economizing of *resources (see *economic efficiency). Within a *private-property framework, real environmental problems will continue to be tackled efficiently. However, many of the allegedly serious environmental problems are highly speculative if not entirely bogus, partly because bad news sells news media (see *disaster fascination) and partly because they are merely the *dogmata of environmentalism.

See also *biodiversity, *common property, *ecosystem, *endangered species, *externalities, *future generations, *genetically modified organisms, *global warming, *natural resources, *nuclear power, *ozone layer, *pollution, *population, *precautionary principle, *recycling, *spontaneous orders, *sustainable development, *tragedy of the commons, *tropical rain forests. One book that covers many of these issues, and others besides, is The Ultimate Resource 2, 1998, by Julian Simon (1932-1998). See also The Skeptical Environmentalist, 2001, by Bjorn Lomborg (1965- ).

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Posted by Jan Lester Sat, January 10, 2015 17:36:54

>“Real human-caused environmental problems are chiefly negative effects for which politics is responsible". Insomuch as politicians, nor many governments for that matter, do not manufacture products, but firms do, it is a tad simplistic to suggest that politics is responsible for human caused environmental problems.

You ignore the explanation that follows the sentence you quote. Politics interferes with private-property accountability and economising. (But that paragraph probably needs to be expanded.)

>It is if you are stating that without politics there would be or never had been "human-caused environmental problems".

The word “chiefly” seems to preclude that interpretation. So does the sentence, “Within a *private-property framework, real environmental problems will continue to be tackled efficiently.”

>History has shown that private has been the main cause of environmental problems

No, history has shown that lack of private-property rights and their enforcement is the problem.

>and that various lobby groups or interested parties have had to fight to get something done about it.

They have sometimes ameliorated and sometimes exacerbated the problem that lack of private-property rights causes.

>Thus the de-politicizing of the environment will make no difference.

It will solve the problem efficiently to always have owners that can sue and be sued for proactively imposed negative externalities.

>Having respect, common-sense, understanding of the impact of certain activity on the environment and accountability of one's would help most. How do you enforce that?

Respecting liberty via private property would help most. That is best enforced by an anarchical legal system that protects private property from invasive damage.

Posted by efgd Thu, January 08, 2015 15:55:04

"Real human-caused environmental problems are chiefly negative effects for which politics is responsible". Insomuch as politicians, nor many governments for that matter, do not manufacture products, but firms do, it is a tad simplistic to suggest that politics is responsible for human caused environmental problems. It is if you are stating that without politics there would be or never had been "human-caused environmental problems". History has shown that private has been the main cause of environmental problems and that various lobby groups or interested parties have had to fight to get something done about it. Thus the de-politicizing of the environment will make no difference. Having respect, common-sense, understanding of the impact of certain activity on the environment and accountability of one's would help most. How do you enforce that?