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Exploit the earth or die

exploit the earth

Exploit the Earth or die. It’s not a threat. It’s a fact. Either man takes the Earth’s raw materials—such as trees, petroleum, aluminum, and atoms—and transforms them into the requirements of his life, or he dies. To live, man must produce the goods on which his life depends; he must produce homes, automobiles, computers, electricity, and the like; he must seize nature and use it to his advantage. There is no escaping this fact. Even the allegedly “noble” savage must pick or perish. Indeed, even if a person produces nothing, insofar as he remains alive he indirectly exploits the Earth by parasitically surviving off the exploitative efforts of others.

The fact annoys some people. But it shouldn’t: Hence our “Exploit the Earth or Die” campaign.

The Objective Standard

Nice. I’ve often thought one of the oddest aspects of leftist philosophy was the idea that no-one should be made to feel guilty about the things he or she can perfectly well control (like drinking or teen pregnancy) but everyone should feel aweful about things no living organism can help doing, like consuming resources and producing waste. Lefties live in Oppositeland, where everything is 180° from reality.

I think that’s what they mean by “reality based community” — they ascertain reality, and then stake out the opposite position.

September 5, 2007 — 5:54 pm
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