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starroute Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-17-04 09:00 AM
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38. I think it's a reference to the Club of Rome's "Limits to Growth"
"One of the best known warning voices was contained in the book "Limits to Growth", published in 1972. It sold twelve million copies in 37 languages. Whilst the book did not predict what precisely would happen, it stated that if the world's consumption patterns and population growth continued at the same high rates of the time, the earth would strike its limits within a century. The message was that this outcome was not inevitable. People could change their policies - and the sooner the better.

"The book was very controversial. Its note of warning jarred with the sense of optimism that existed at that time. The 1950s and 1960s had been a period of immense economic growth in both the Western and Communist worlds, both of which had a very low rate of unemployment. There was a general belief in the Western world that another 1930s-type Depression could be avoided as a result of government intervention in the economy. Additionally, it was assumed that there was a standard (Western) formula for economic growth that could apply throughout the Third World. All the West had to do was to win the Cold War and the future for the entire world was assured."

Though it hasn't been discussed much lately, the question of whether there really are limits to growth has been perking along under the surface for the last thirty years. The Republicans explicitly deny it. The Democrats sort of believe it but don't want to say so because ever since Carter lost to Reagan in 1980, it's been considered political poison. America's willful blindness to this issue may be its biggest problem, underlying everything else that is wrong in this country.
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