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What are the Limits to Growth?

I think scientists need to speak out. Over the past 30 years, our politicians have almost grasped the idea that the resources we humans have at our disposal fall into two distinct categories, renewable and non-renewable; both categories provide limited inputs to our activities. Politicians have also almost realised that our outputs, including those that contribute to climate change and loss of habitats, must be limited to rates that enable our planetary systems to function and remain reasonably stable. Yet, inspite of their improved grasp of how and why human activities are governed by the laws of nature, most politicians seems to think that we should ignore entropic thermodynamics and simply go for growth as if such limits did not exist.

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Why the LibCon’s “Big Society” won’t work.

The libertarian ideals that are behind the drive in the UK, the USA and elsewhere for smaller government, lower taxes and a more responsible, ethical and caring civil society are admirable but fatally flawed. Like many people, I have always been hugely attracted to libertarian concepts of personal responsibility and personal freedom but I have also been very aware that attractive ideas are often wrong. As global problems such as poverty, climate change, peak oil and failing economies impinge ever more strongly upon those least able to stand up for themselves, this is the very worst time for political movements to press for welfare systems to be shrunk, cut or dismantled.

The global economy, upon which all
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