Free trade smackdown from Australian economist

31 03 2010

From ABC unleashed:

The last hundred years of global history have been characterised by a number of eternal truths that were supposed to last forever (or at least for a very long time).

These included the 3rd Reich, Communism, the world dominance of the USSR and the USA, Mao’s Cultural Revolution and Free-Market Economics. None of these influences are still with us. Undoubtedly remnants of neoclassical economics will hang around for a while.

Continued here.




5 responses

27 04 2010
Steven Earl Salmony

As UN Secretary-General Mr. Kofi Annan noted in 1997, “The world has enough food. What it lacks is the political will to ensure that all people have access to this bounty, that all people enjoy food security.”

Please examine the probability that humans are producing too much, not too little food. The problem we face is the way increasing the global food supply leads to increasing absolute global human population numbers. It is the super-abundant, large scale harvests that are making it possible for population numbers of the human species to explode beyond the limits imposed by the relatively small, evidently finite, noticeably frangible environment of a planet with the size, composition and ecology of Earth.

The spectacular success of the Green Revolution over the past 40 years has “produced” an unintended and completely unanticipated global challenge, I suppose: the rapidly increasing supply of food for human consumption has given birth to a human population bomb, which is exploding worldwide before our eyes.

Perhaps the most formidable threat to future human wellbeing and environmental health appears to be caused by the unbridled, corporate overproduction of food on the one hand and the abject failure of the leaders of the human community to insist upon more fair and equitable redistribution of the world’s food supply so that “all people enjoy food security”.

WE NEED TO SHARE (not overconsume and hoard) AND TO BUILD SUSTAINABLE, HUMAN-SCALE FARMING PRACTICES(not patently unsustainable agribusiness leviathans).

6 05 2010
Steven Earl Salmony

“Truth is not only violated by falsehood; it may be equally outraged by silence.”

Henri-Frederic Amiel

26 04 2014
10 04 2016

I read about that guy too – on the B’b website. Sounds like a great idea, another Web 2.0 brain-child! Have you seen some of the photo’s on Go Click

22 08 2018

thank you for this excellent post

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