Friday, February 14, 2014

The Human Titanic: steering a safe passage for civilisation. Postscript



The publisher (CABI) of my edited book Climate Change and Global Health has advised I should not give away too much on the blog. So, I’d better stop here. I will say that one chapter (which I’ve written though it needs updating) is about how those on the top deck, and their lackeys on the second deck (including a lot of economists and other academics, but also some feminists and the Catholic church) have collectively conspired to keep the 3rd and 4th decks extremely crowded

This has unfolded due to too much stated faith that ingenuity would not only solve the problems of the whole ship but create development below decks. In fact, I will show, a more accurate interpretation of the motivation of these elites was to try to maintain low wages – a surplus or reserve army of the poor, which by the way also hindered development in the South.
Development in the Third World is most advanced where fertility has fallen, though causation is bi-directional, eg Thailand, China, even Latin America, even Bangladesh is getting ahead of India and well ahead of Pakistan. Will the Human Titanic strike the iceberg? Time will tell. 

But if you’ve read this far I'm sure you, too, sense the risk, such as conflict over water resources along the Nile, or in a myriad of other forms.

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Note to self: Carlos Slim is reported to be majority shareholder for the NYT, and also has deep ties to the Clinton Foundation (2016).