January 28th, 2014 | Uncategorized | 1 Comment
Sustainability, a religion that hardly existed 40 years ago, is becoming the dominant faith of the 21st century.
As I write in The Australian today, this dispiriting, unimaginative dogma must be contested:
Sustainability is Malthusianism for the 21 century; the fallacy that population is growing faster than the available resources and that ruination is just around the corner.
The world viewed through the prism of sustainability is a deeply depressing place in which dreams are discouraged, imagination is restricted and the spirit of progress frowned upon.
It is tempting to dismiss sustainability as harmless mumbo-jumbo, but it is dangerous to do so. As Ayn Rand wrote in 1972:
The uncontested absurdities of today are the accepted slogans of tomorrow. They come to be accepted by degrees, by dint of constant pressure on one side and constant retreat on the other – until one day they are suddenly declared to be the country’s official ideology.