U.S. ag commodity policy and other monstrous hybrids are easier to create
than the dynamic tension. E.g.:
Ron Brown's Commerce Department
When the will to power is in charge,
the higher the ideals, the lower the results.
Try to make people happy,
and you lay the groundwork for misery.
Try to make people moral,
and you lay the groundwork for vice.
Tao Te Ching
----- Original Message -----
From: Hal Hamilton <email@example.com>
To: E. Ann Clark, Associate Professor <ACLARK@plant.uoguelph.ca>;
Sent: Tuesday, August 03, 1999 1:46 PM
Subject: RE: government and industry
> Ann, Chuck, Fred, etc.,
> Just back from a nourishing canoe trip in the Canadian wilderness. RE the
thread about the corruption, narrow-mindedness, and idiocy of govt. (example
Glickman/Gore on GMOs): Fred's right that we have the best government money
can buy, but there's another piece of the puzzle that hasn't been discussed
much here. I'm referring to ideology, or world view. Some call it the
neo-classical paradigm in economics. Faith in the market, confirmed to all
by the collapse of state run economies in the former Soviet bloc. Also
frequently confirmed by common sense: would you rather have a bureaucrat or
an entrepreneur running the flow of goods and services we all depend on?
> Now don't get me wrong. I'm for creating a "box" within which markets
function, with rules of the game that limit perversion of democracy,
consumption of nonrenewable resources, and pollution, among other "external
costs" of the market. That box has to be democratically accountable
government operating with the precautionary principle and the principle of
subsidiarity (do it as local as possible).
> But the current world view of most all opinion leaders is decidedly
hostile to such a contrarian view. And ideas have power.
> Hal Hamilton
> Center for Sustainable Systems
> 433 Chestnut St., Berea KY 40403 USA
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