You know, I’m totally bored of some of these retro-environmentalists who long for a mythic past and prop themselves up as saviours for humanity when in all probability they’re just acting out some childhood psychological complex. Instead of being angry at their mother, father or perhaps that 3rd grade bully who teased them in the schoolyard, they seem to transfer their angst onto simplistic constructions like “America” or “The Corporation.”
The way I see it, harkening back to some mythical Golden Age is just silly. Why? Well, because there never was a Golden Age and probably never will be. If you don’t believe me, just think about the Industrial Revolution in Europe where coal pollution, health and working conditions were for the most part dismal and appalling. And if you want to go back even further to find a mythical Golden Age, just think of hideous diseases, the Black Death and other horrors that we’ve overcome as a species.
We have to keep moving forward, not backward to some fictional past that never was. And given human nature as it is, real solutions to current environmental problems will probably only arise within a profit-motive framework. So that means more corporate investment, science and technology, not less.
Maybe this isn’t a nice fairy tale. But fairy tales will only take us so far.