When growth turns into a monster
by Ross Gittins, SMH, 7 May 2008
"If Australia continues to grow at 4 per cent per annum for the next 20 years, my kids are going to be nominallytwice as wealthy as they are now, but I know they are not going to be twice as happy," the pollie said. "One of the questions that is not put in the political process by either side of politics, let alone answered, is: Towards what are we striving to grow?"
The politician was Brendan Nelson. But he said it as a backbencher; he wouldn't say it today. He raised a good question, nonetheless: where is all this growth supposed to be taking us?…
From http://www.necsp.org/About/abouthome.html: “NECSP is a not-for-profit NGO, engaging the citizens of New England and their leaders regarding the importance of a sustainable level of human population on the planet.”
Pope Speaks Up for Immigrants, Touching a Nerve New York Times, 20 April 2008
This article drew the following response from Edmund Davey of Britain's Optimum Population Trust:
The Pope displays all the consummate double-speak of the Devil he would claim to oppose. Whilst drivelling about the rights of the immigrants, he carefully ignores -- or is blind to -- the fact that many of the poor immigrant families who flock to the States are poor because they are members of oppressed congregations who trust the words of this hypocrite for their salvation -- his words, and, of course, his opposition to contraception, filtered through his minions in such as the Philippines.
He has not been able to bully Western RC's in the same way, so he turns on the poor & ignorant. This is theocratic thuggery of ancient vintage. If his view of the Universe contains a Hell -- as it may, since, if has created it for himself he'll have to exist in it -- then he'll find a welcoming party in the person of his predecessor. I hope they get along well together.