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Sunday, April 17, 2011

A Challenge to Libertarianism

The following is very disturbing news:

Bolivia is set to pass the world's first laws granting all nature equal rights to humans. The Law of Mother Earth, now agreed by politicians and grassroots social groups, redefines the country's rich mineral deposits as "blessings" and is expected to lead to radical new conservation and social measures to reduce pollution and control industry.

The country, which has been pilloried by the US and Britain in the UN climate talks for demanding steep carbon emission cuts, will establish 11 new rights for nature. They include: the right to life and to exist; the right to continue vital cycles and processes free from human alteration; the right to pure water and clean air; the right to balance; the right not to be polluted; and the right to not have cellular structure modified or genetically altered.

Controversially, it will also enshrine the right of nature "to not be affected by mega-infrastructure and development projects that affect the balance of ecosystems and the local inhabitant communities".

If this is what coca leaves can do, there just might be a case for the War on Some Drugs. … What was that? In that kind of society, the laws can't be enforced? And the social changes that will make the laws enforceable will also make then unnecessary?

Meanwhile, in view of the fact that the rain forests were much smaller during the Ice Ages, maybe smaller rain forests are what the Earth Goddess actually wants and we should pave those pesky rain forests. For that matter, the Earth produced humanity, so maybe the Earth wants to be exploited.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Trimegistus said...

I would bet money that NONE of the provisions of that statement ever get applied -- unless they help the Bolivian government squeeze money out of foreigners or political enemies.

11:17 AM  

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