Minimum Security by Stephanie McMillan

Minimum Security

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  1. Lenin Out of the Box

    Lenin Out of the Box said, over 3 years ago

    Dill – Excellent with pickles or yogurt, less so with ice cream and oranges.

    Unfortunately, the CO2 horse has already left the barn. No amount of change or remediation is likely to alter that truth – or reverse the impact it will have.

    It also demonstrates the remarkable powers of capitalist exploitation. While many focus on the losses brought by change, there is always profit to be found in the chaos that accompanies it. Shifting coastlines may sink cities – even entire countries! – beneath the waves, but they also open up vast tracts of new shoreline. Land once considered near-worthless becomes prime property, and lost cities must be rebuilt, again advantaging those poised to exploit this need.

    Behold! – the conglomerate that built the coal power station that spewed CO2 and helped propel global warming is the same conglomerate with the cash and power to buy up the new land and sign the contracts for construction of the next metropolis. Disturbed? Disgruntled? Then punish and destroy the coal conglomerate if you will, but SOMEONE has to build that new city – and someone will profiteer from that new beachfront property. You can destroy an agent of capitalism, but not The Force itself.

  2. Lenin Out of the Box

    Lenin Out of the Box said, over 3 years ago

    This is the problem faced – how do you change the system, not the symptom. And if you are to change the system, what will its replacement be? Nature will not tolerate a void. One cannot operate an economy – or society – within the depths of a void. You must appreciate the Power of Profit if you seek to upend it, or defeat it. Unless you can provide an answer – some direction to follow – you do little but feed the disease while suppressing its grosser manifestations.

  3. Lenin Out of the Box

    Lenin Out of the Box said, over 3 years ago

    Da, da, but this is just for starters! For next trick, I demonstrate how destruction of vitally important aquifer makes economic sense – being worth more in death than alive. Capitalism! – not an easy dragon to slay. The Devil’s Bargain is hard to beat.

  4. Lenin Out of the Box

    Lenin Out of the Box said, over 3 years ago

    P.S. I would recommend dropping the whole ‘global genocide’ thing from the promotional materials as a solution for world ills. It limits the discussion to a lose-lose scenario, and, ah, ‘Does not play well in Peoria,’ as they say. Not a position many are willing to support, as they fear a.) ending up on the wrong side of the equation, and b.) dealing with the mentality of one willing to give serious consideration to the mass death of others. (Noting that it is always “others” as few proponents of such solutions are also willing volunteers…)

    Remember that capitalist exploitation is not a one-way street leading to one inevitability or another. Nature does not have to whip out pandemics, asteroids, or Justin Bieber concerts to restore balance through mass death and madness – though it makes for mildly entertaining blockbusters.

    As resources become limited, their value increases and they become more expensive. The greater expense makes life more difficult, exerting a downward pressure on population growth. In short, growth becomes UN-profitable, and nothing is more detestable to capitalism that financial loss. And it can happen quickly – regard the nations of Europe and Japan, all once prolific and now … more like vanishing suburbs of Detroit. Of course, in some limited, highly restricted circumstances (Haiti), extremes are more LIKELY to occur, but they are far from preordained.

  5. Norman Baron

    Norman Baron GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Just woke up from a long summer’s nap and finished reading the above posts. Nature does have a ways of working these things out although the methods may not be particularly desired or palatable to particular segments of the population or sundry individuals at large. I have noted that as infant mortality drops so does family size. Also as we shift from an agrarian economy to a manufacuting/electronic one familly size tends to decrease since not as many people are needed to hoe the corn plus it costs more to raise children without farms to feed them. Where I live, among the 70+ population 10-12 children is not rare. Among the 20 & 30 somethings 2-3 or even only one seems to be fine. Also, this area is below sea level and the old shore lines are clearly marked on the rocks. So if anyone is interested in future waterfront property just give me a call.

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