Thursday, June 30, 2005

The Long Emergency by James Howard Kunstler raises ethics questions

Kunstler's book asks "What's going to happen as we start running out of cheap gas to guzzle?". If you haven't been following the oil depletion thread this is a good place to get updated. (Link)

One thing I have been musing over: I quote the Rolling Stone article " The turbulence of the Long Emergency will produce a lot of economic losers, and many of these will be members of an angry and aggrieved former middle class."

That's you and me probably.

As I see it there are some simple options open to us. But before we consider them we should maybe take a step back and consider, as we are going into a period where everyone will lose something, where we stand on equality.

If we could, given the dark prospects painted by Kunstler, chart a course out, would it be towards


LAST MAN STANDING
A society where everyone competes with everyone for the remaining food

HIGH BOTTOM LINE
A society where everyone helps out to see at least everyone is fed, watered, clothed, sheltered and secure.

LOW BOTTOM LINE
Society where the less fortunate are helped to the extent they are helped

THE SUN SHINES ON EVERYONE EQUALLY
A society recognising the sun shines on everyone equally aims for shared common standards .


Before you consider these different stands we could take the biologist's view. Given that the community will undergo resource stress, what is the attitude that will best ensure the long term survival of the community?

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