It is extremely tempting to ignore the potential crisis that we may encounter despite all the obvious signs that there is a serious environmental problem, and that government may not be able to maintain its structure, and that our current rate of consumption is not in our best interest or in the interest of environmental [...]
Milbraith proposes the idea of ownwork, which is a form of work that is controlled by a person as an individual, a group, or a locality (Envisioning a Sustainable Society, 206). Ownwork, according to Milbraith, is not distinct from leisure, and it doesn’t encourage wealth. He also states [...]
As mentioned previously, returning to pre-scarcity levels may require coercive actions by the government to change current lifestyles toward a more environmentally friendly and sustainable culture. However, coercion should only be used as a last resort, in the event of a failure to create and implement a national information system that educates the public about [...]
It is assumed that environmental problems pertain to physical crises like deforestation, pollution, ozone depletion and food shortages, however, Frederick Buell points out in “From Apocalypse to Way of Life” that there are societal crises associated with environmental problems as well (75). Some of these societal crises include “intrasocietal [...]
It is increasingly easy to see, with the way major production companies oppose environmental protection policies, that our economic system does not work well with environmental protection (James Gustave Speth, “Red Sky at Morning”). We can also easily see, with the way [...]
The following posts are segments from a paper I wrote during the summer for my sociology class (Scarcity and Modern Society). They will be posted in segments for easy reading, but I will be sure to link each post to one another as a reference guide as you follow my paper on scarcity.
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