I used to work a lot on food issues and every time somebody predicted that production would be inadequate they got egg on their face a year or two later.
We have the most crude accounting tools. It’s tragic because our accounts and our national arithmetic doesn’t tell us the things that we need to know.
What I worry about is climate change, because that would have untold effects that we can’t even measure yet.
What you need if you want jobs are small and medium sized enterprises, local initiatives, labour intensive work, community development, service providers and the like.
I was recently looking at what they can actually do to reduce consumption of petrol. It would be quite possible to build automobiles out of carbon fibre that would be just as strong, weigh 10 times less and consume 10 times less petrol.
There are a lot of people who don’t contribute anything to consumption and production.
Having enough to eat, being able to educate your children, have reasonably stable employment, and being able to live in a society which isn’t collapsing around you-all of these things have been generally eroded.
There is no degree of human suffering which in and of itself is going to bring about change. Only organisation can change things.
I think the market is always going to be around. The goal is not to say, let’s get rid of the market, because the market does render a huge number of services, and I don’t want to have a fight about the price of something every time I buy a book or a bottle of water.
The Sierra Club in the United States has now really come out for population control and reduction.