Small is Beautiful Notes - PART ONE Chapter One: The...

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PART ONE Chapter One: The Problem of Production - they all agree that problem of production is solved (13) - Modern man sees himself as being able to conquer nature (14) - companies are rapidly consuming its capital, provided by nature (15) - estranged from reality, we devalue what we do not create ourselves (15) - fossil fuels: special fund using money obtained to evolve process so ffs don’t need to be used (15) - fossil fuels cannot be replaced (17) - threaten civilization and life itself - we have just become conscious about huge jump in industrial production (18) - compounded chemical substances, now in bulk, owe their effectiveness to the defenselessness of nature, and they have ecological impact (19) - changes of the last 25 years came from what we thought were successes, but we are using up tolerance margins of nature (19) - income fuels, nuclear energy is supposed to be our future (19) - the shifting of power from fossil fuels to nuclear energy is creating a bigger problem (20) - ultimately, safety rules and precautions will be perfected regarding nuclear energy (20) - apart from fossil fuels, and the tolerance margins of nature, another form of natural capital is human behaviour - it is not something we could easily replace (20) - error of our age is that problem of production has been solved: consumes on the very basis that is erected, irreplaceable capital of the three types (21) - we need to get off the present collision course and we need to have new patterns of production and consumption designed for peace and permanence in three areas: agriculture, industry and industry again (22) Chapter Two: Peace and Permanence - it is argued that the road to peace is the road to riches, as you no longer have anything to gain (23) - in this case, we do not need renunciation or sacrifice, but science and technology (23) - dreaming of systems so perfect that no one will need to be good (24) - the time for fairness will come in the future when we have a culture of prosperity - Lord Keynes: the day might not be far where everyone is rich, and we shall “once more value ends above means and prefer the good to the useful” , but greed and lending and using needs to go a little longer, as they will lead out of the tunnel of economic necessity - there is no moral structure to the sphere of the economy - financial planner has nothing to do with ethics - green stock (amoral) - Proposition: universal prosperity is possible attainment is possible on the basis of the materialist philosophy of “enrich yourselves” this is the road to peace - is there enough in the world for people to hold this view? - he wants to focus on “fuel”, as more prosperity = greater use of fuel - if the poor used as much fuel as the rich, the fuel consumption would treble right away - fuel consumption of the rich is 14x that of the poor, and if rich decided that it was high enough, it would cut world fuel requirements by over 1/3 (28)
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This note was uploaded on 11/18/2011 for the course RLG 224Y1 taught by Professor Professorschmidt during the Fall '10 term at University of Toronto- Toronto.

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Small is Beautiful Notes - PART ONE Chapter One: The...

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