We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
This quote in Ecological Economics reinforces what people like Rush have been saying for years: The radical enviros - unlike the rational conservationists like all of us at Maggie's Farm - want to run the world, just like the Jihadists. We hate people who want to run the world. Indeed, we hate anyone who wants to run our lives. Does that make us permanent rebellious adolescents? Dreams of power always wear benevolent masks these days: it's the fashion. In the good old days of Atilla, such window-dressing wasn't necessary.
In the second half of the 20th century, neoclassical economics and its derivatives came to dominate economic thinking, teaching and policymaking. Humanity is increasingly feeling the consequences of this blinkered vision: the ever-widening gap between the very rich and all the rest, and between developed and underdeveloped nations; globalization without global coordination for the common good; and economically induced climate change, with the mid-century prospect of an Earth unable to support even current levels of human population. Meta-externalities from economic systems are draining the resources on which they depend, from families and other institutions that educate and socialize human beings, to water, air, soil, and the diversity of species.
Their solution to these crises? Let them run the world. My solution to these crises? Let me run the world.