Thursday, October 23, 2014

More Unthinking

This time it's climate and economics, via Mises -- We're Doomed.

A university professor says that climate change, at this point, is irreversible.  Humanity is, apparently, going to be wiped out.  Mises Institute contributor, Ryan McMaken concludes this should allow us to relax and party on:

After all, if there’s nothing we can do to stop it, then we can just get on with our lives and leave humanity to dealing with environmental problems as they come, which is what homo sapiens have been doing for millennia.

So, McPherson’s pronouncement that it’s irreversible is a real load off. We can stop having the debate about whether or not to crush human economic progress with global regulatory efforts to massively reduce everyone’s standard of living via carbon emission controls (except for the super-wealthy and politically-well connected, of course).

Except the professor thinks, since we are doomed, we should immediately commit suicide as a species and "terminate industrial civilization".   As McMaken points out -- if you could get humanity on the whole to buy into something so stupid -- it would result in death for millions by starvation and disease. 

Meanwhile, the question is asked:  Can we buy extra time? McPherson answers: ‘What we can do is enjoy and create moments of joy while we are here…humans will reach the end of the line in a relativity short time’

Starvation is fun!

I suppose if we went back to horses and sailing ships, it would be harder for Ebola to move around.  We could all just starve in place.  The professor lives in a straw house -- straw bale, I'm sure -- presumably in Arizona.  I want to know, though, how he got to Australia.  My response to bozos like McPherson, Al Gore, and Robert Kennedy, Jr. is "you first".  

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