segunda-feira, agosto 30, 2010

Do radicalismo economista (II)

Continuando, desta vez aqui.

«This suggests that environmentalists — at least the ones I have met — have no real interest in maintaining the tree population. If they did, they would seriously inquire into the long-term effects of recycling. I suspect that they don’t want to do that because their real concern is with the ritual of recycling itself, not with its consequences.»
Ah e tal, os gajos de esquerda são arrogantes e assim…

«I explained to her that time is also a valuable resource, and it might be worth sacrificing some cups to save some time. Her teachers taught her that mass transportation is good because it saves energy. I explained to her that it might be worth sacrificing some energy in exchange for the comfort of a private car. Her teachers taught her to recycle paper so that wilderness is not converted to landfill space. I explained to her that it might be worth sacrificing some wilderness in exchange for the luxury of not having to sort your trash. In each case, her five-year-old mind had no difficulty grasping the point. I fear that after a few more years of indoctrination, she will be as uncomprehending as her teachers.»
Este parágrafo é profundamente lastimável. O que o André parece querer colocar ao largo é que medidas como a reciclagem visam a protecção de um equilíbrio natural e cuja disrupção pode ser fatal. Ou seja, a liberdade que o autor apregoa para ele colide com a liberdade de outros. A finitude de recursos nunca permitirá que toda a população aprecie os pequenos luxos referidos no texto. O tal egoísmo ético apregoado por estas gentes é isto mesmo: um paradoxo em si.

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