I'm going to tick off a few people with this, but this guy has really rubbed me the wrong way. Hope you don't mind.
I read it, and I didn't like it. It's like hearing a Liberal Rush shouting about how he doesn't like the realities of the world. Capitalism has existed ever since one caveman traded some potatoes for a block of goat cheese. This guy makes it sound as if we could just eliminate the evil that is capitalism, Utopia would be well on it's way to reality.
I agree that there's no blaming Ma Nature or "Acts of God" for this one, but what he's doing is akin to blaming the entire auto industry and our need to transport ourselves from one place to another for a record massive 5-lane pileup in LA. Doesn't make sense to me.
He is right in that humans have a bottomless need to use energy. It's who we are. Ever since one of the Ancestors used fire to char a rabbit for dinner we have used energy to improve our lives in one way or another. He's wrong to say that the use of oil, and the pursuit of acquiring oil for it's use, is evil. Let me explain.
Before oil, what did we have? Coal, wood and whale oil for the most part. Was it evil to use those methods? If so, then you must also say that we still belong in caves. The discovery of using the world's bounties, wood early on and then various other methods, led to advancements that, without which, we would not be as advanced as we are today. We have come so far that without oil you don't have nuclear power, wind power, solar power, etc. It's impossible to do on any scale reasonable enough to provide for the energy needs of the world today.
Could we give up oil? Sure, but only if we were willing to go back to the days of the horse-drawn carriage and leech-applying doctors. Oh, and we would be making ourselves vulnerable for attack and invasion by countries that have no compunction about using oil to fuel their war machine.
As to capitalism: he decries capitalism as evil and used only by greedy people. He needs to take a look at himself first. If you go to work, earn money, pay taxes and buy anything from anybody, then you willingly participate in capitalism. You must label yourself as part of those that are "greedy" if you save for retirement or use a single penny to improve your own living conditions beyond the bare needs of food, water and shelter. There's no getting away from it. Only a rare few live apart from it, such as Dugout Dick.http://www.idahostatesman.com/2010/05/02/1175246/dugout-dick-helped-make-idaho.html
. While it's nice to read about the Dugout Dicks of the world, it's folly to believe that humanity can live like that. It's impossible for us to survive as a species in this way.
Somebody had to get the oil in the beginning. It's hard work, risky, and involves a huge investment of time, money and energy to acquire and refine. The exact same is true of any industry, from growing food to banking to producing cotton to running a hotel. Why shouldn't a person be rewarded for that work? And if somebody discovers a better, cheaper, more cost efficient way of doing that work, then they have earned a savings. What makes that concept evil?
As a Druid, I understand my place in this world. My place is to live at peace with the world around me as it is, not change it to fit an idealogical dream that has nothing to do with Druidry. I must learn to live with the fact that there are indeed overly greedy people out there who desire more than they need to live comfortably, who would sell their own mothers for a nickel. I must also learn to live with the fact that there are dreamers out there who would sacrifice their own comforts and freedoms and those of their fellow man (without his consent) in order to "make the world a better place".
Both are equally wrong, and this columnist seems to miss that little fact of life.
Sorry if you guys don't like the above, but I was asked for my opinion, and that's how I see it.
Ya know, it's funny. Here I often get into arguments because I'm considered too conservative. On the 2 other boards I'm on, I get into arguments because I'm considered too liberal. Life is funny sometimes.
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