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  •  Mark, I love this series (6+ / 0-)

    It has nothing to do with politics, social issues, or Who Moved Whose Diary Cheese, but it's one of things I look forward to reading every week.

    Thank you for doing these!

    And Violet is very cool.

    •  Thanks (12+ / 0-)

      But I beg to differ. Environmental awareness has everything to do with politics. Especially now. I can't see how any rational environmental policy can be implemented without people having knowledge of the millions of species we share the planet with.

      I'd do birds, mammals and bacteria as well if I could, but marine life is what I know.

      •  True that (3+ / 0-)
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        Mark H, barbwires, begone

        Environmental awareness has everything to do with politics. Especially now. I can't see how any rational environmental policy can be implemented without people having knowledge of the millions of species we share the planet with.

        You're right, of course.

        Cheers.

      •  Because Refutes Fundamental Premise of Capitalism (0+ / 0-)

        and of conservatism.

        Stated or unstated, the paradigm is that we live in a frontier world with surplus wealth and opportunity always available to be discovered and exploited.

        What global warming in particular proves, in my layman's opinion, is that we are not on a frontier but rather in a lifeboat.

        Global warming seems to me to be proof that every least human activity--right down to scratching your own nose--is a net harm to the planet. The energy expended to do absolutely anything expends fuel or food and releases greenhouse gas that worsens the situation--if it didn't, there would be capacity for more greenhouse gas and by definition there'd be no warming.

        But there is, and that means that the economy is, collectively, already doing too much. We've got to change the overall economy to begin doing less than it's doing right now, or at best to function overall drastically more efficiently in terms of waste production.

        This in turn means we have passed the point of needing to ration the activity of all of the economy.

        At this moment in history, liberalism (which practice a more collectivist and results-driven governance) is naturally suited to tackling the complexities of our new age, while conservatism's individualism is not just outmoded but extremely dangerous as it has been returning frontier freedoms to the economy of late.

        On a frontier, individual freedom is the fast track for broad and rapid discovery and development. But in a lifeboat, it's a short-circuit to conquest and domination by the strong.

        You bet environmentalism is important to politics. In the long term nothing's more important.

        We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

        by Gooserock on Sat Feb 24, 2007 at 08:19:22 AM PST

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