Sunday, March 15, 2009

Various items

Foreign Policy, March 2009, "The Worst Kind of Stimulus: why a global weapons boom is the last thing we need" by
Travis Sharp

from Fora TV[video]: Does the US Spend Too Much on Foreign Aid? - Peter Singer(longer version here).

??AIDS and Germ warfare [video]

Two items from 2007; I never posted them and they merit being noted:

Gary Farber discusses the reputation of Gregg Easterbrook, which he deems inflated.

CNN's Arwa Damon on prostitution in Iraq

finally, from Slate, Feb. 2003: "who's for the war, who's against it"

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At March 16, 2009 10:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gregg Easterbrook has tried in each of the last 3 decades to stifle environmental observation with "balanced" perspective that glorifies capitalism and makes environmental harms seem a price worth paying to have a glorious "economy." Easterbrook never honestly talks about real effects of pollution. His role is to make the NPR/PBS "liberals" and "progressives" feel good about not wanting to change things for the better, and/or not working to change things for the better.

A better analysis of how to balance capitalism and environmentalism comes from Paul Hawken. But I still disagree with Hawken, he has the same naive belief that libertarians have -- if you leave people alone (no laws or regs on business) they will do "what's right." I don't agree with that perspective at all.

I prefer Christopher Manes - Green Rage.


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