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Easter Island, Nauru and the Future-Eating Global Growth Economy

Expansive Economies and Limited Economies: Industrial capitalism is characterized by population growth, economic growth, expansion and intensification. [1] Although there was a short-lived case of industrial capitalism between about 1585 and 1622 in the Netherlands, [2] industrial capitalism as we know it today really originated in England, based on the apparently limitless fossil reserves of coal and the presence of many landless people who had to live by their labour. [3] These vast reservoirs of fuel gave rise to technologies that permitted mass production and facilitated the conquest and settlement of lands all over the globe. In the 20th century petroleum oil replaced coal as the fuel of industrial expansion, particularly where wheeled transport was concerned, although coal remained a mainstay for electricity production.

Human destiny revisited ?

An Italian evolutionary meta-theory says planetary health depends on humans and that humans will in the future free themselves from the unbearable weight of the world by stopping reproducing. "Si spegne, signori, si chiude” Review by Marisa Cohen

Romanticism and fossil-fuel societies

Sheila Newman writes that it is not so much the myth of the noble savage as the myth of the noble capitalist citizen.

The record of Indigenous North Americans' as environmental custodians

Canada's environment is paying a heavy price for our love affair with a myth. As long as natives are equipped with a halo, it will be impossible to attack them for the role they are playing as front men and bodyguards for the corporate rape of our boreal forests. They have been deifed by bogus anthropology, political opportunism and political correctness, which have all formed a coalition with corporate greed and media censorship.

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