Happy Earth Day, in honor of our blue planet, not green. Also a good day for everyone to remember, that science and technology achievements produce higher environmental protection, not vice versa, so more wealth imply more innovation and makes possible a greater investment in cleaner energies. Therefore, something that a lot of people tend to ignore, economic growth and ecological improvement go together, not confronted.
Also a great day to begin to read The Rational Optimist, by Matt Ridley who inspired my previous words.
awkwardsituationist said: technology to clean up the problems of technology? innovation leads to wealth, but that wealth is concentrated in fewer hands. there is no future for us without limits on econ growth. the free market didn’t get you that pic of the earth. gov’t did.
Well, these words has been written trough Tumblr (private company) using probably commercial software (Windows, Mac OS, Android…) and commercial hardware (PC, iPad, iPhone…). I’m sure that the government can help, and help indeed, on many things (space, basic science, fundamental research…). But at this point in history there is no denying that the market has helped and helps make life better for everyone on the planet, and once overcome feudalism and communism (both criminals regimes), the highest levels of prosperity are achieved with a clever mix of both components: a strong but small state, and a strong and diversified private sector.
I think there is a whole gray scale in the discussion, but I also think it is clear to where the solution is tilted… and a picture is worth a thousand words.