Sunday, June 06, 2010

Comment Elsewhere: Our current Catch-22

Terry noted an attempt by anti-immigrant groups to invoke environmental rhetoric in defense of their racism. I responded:
They tried this tack with the Sierra Club a couple of years back: a bunch of anti-immigrant activists began running for positions on the board, conflating these issues, and came awfully close to having some real influence on environmental activism.

We do have a bit of a catch-22 here: if everyone wants to live like we do, the planet can’t sustain it. Either we have to accept and enforce gross inequality, or we have to accept that our material standard of consumption will decline as the rest of the world becomes more economically successful. These yahoos want to do the former.

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