The Sustainable Development Hoax


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"Sustainability sounds like a call for recycling and clean drinking water. But its proponents are much more ambitious. For them, a sustainable society is one that replaces the market economy with top-down regulation."

Actually, it depends on who is using the word. Ordinary people using it just wish others would extend their usually short-term time preferences. Ruling class folks use it the way the author states. So it's a sort of bait and switch tactic. There is nothing wrong with sustainability per se (and arguing directly against it is a mistake), but there certainly is with the aggression and violence inherent in the ruling class interpretation of what it means.

Hell, the market is sustainable. Nothing wrong with that...