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Equating energy use with a moral position (i.e. (ab)use of slaves) is an interesting argument.

I don't agree that slave use dooms civilisation. In fact it's a very practical, if ethically unsupportable, answer to the energy crisis. Slave-based civilisation seem to do just fine - it's usually some external crisis or unchecked internal greed that kills them.

It's possible to imagine a weird quasi-Athenian slave-based 'democracy' that can provide replacement energy once we run out of fossil fuels. I wouldn't be surprised if that's where we end up, collectively.

Which suggest the real problem isn't energy economy, it's psychology and politics - specifically how do you create a political environment that goes beyond Marxists vs Capitalists and values long-sighted sane decisions than short-sighted insane ones?

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Tue Aug 14th, 2007 at 05:41:54 AM EST

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