15 Nov 2006
I used to have a great cartoon of chickens dancing around Col. Saunders grave, I suppose this would be an incitement to terrorism in Blair's Britain. Any way lets think about the economy.
I think we need green economics. Green economics argues that what is good for the planet and for people is not always what leads to the greatest expansion of GNP or short term profit.
Two examples are KFC, a giant advert that can be spotted from the sky, undesirable, along with the whole system of food production involved.
The continuing scandal of pharmaceutical companies trying to shape the medical system for profit and in particular using the patent system to deny cheap generic drugs to African citizens suffering from AIDS.
The interesting fact is that the alternative is not hair shirtism, although I guess we do need to cut back on flying until silent and co2 netural flights to Caracas exist, but consuming differently.
Cheap generic drugs, cheap low impact housing, locally produced food, libraries not just for books but pretty well everything...more leisure and pleasure.
The puritan Gordon Brown as PM, could be even worse than Blair for people and planet, certainly he focuses on the 'economic' forgeting that economics should serve humanity and other species...at present it is the other way around.
Posted by Derek Wall at 12:32 pm