Green Rhetoric

This blog originated as a course blog for the community of Rhetoric 181, "Green Rhetoric," in the Department of Rhetoric at the University of California at Berkeley, Fall, 2007. It continues its life as... something else.

Friday, November 30, 2007

The Market Chooses Guns over Green

Naomi Klein writes about the amazing idea some people have regarding a self-adjusting free market that will conscientiously seek out solutions to our environmental problems, because it is obvious that the market economy will always work in the people's best interests. Regulations aren't necessary, no way. Regulation is for pussies.

She writes that as more disasters occur (inundation, hurricanes, etc.) and lands are lost, people displaced, there will be an influx of immigration; and the market, instead of investing in solutions to curb the disasters, is investing in border security, weapons, and biometric ID cards. Lovely way to react to disasters. Not only are we perpetuating the disasters with our consumerism and pollution, now we refuse to aid those we've displaced.

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