A lesson from Hurricane Irma: capitalism can’t save the planet – it can only destroy it | George Monbiot

Wednesday 13 September 2017

The perpetual quest for growth drives our economics. That’s why our environment and financial system lurch from crisis to crisis. Under the neoliberal theory of the financial system, there cannot be a problem. It postulates that as long as environmental goods are correctly priced, neither planning nor regulation is required. Any attempt by governments or citizens to change the likely course of events is unwarranted and misguided. But there’s a flaw. Hurricanes do not respond to market signals. The plastic fibres in our oceans, food and drinking water do not respond to market signals. Nor does the collapse of insect populations, or coral reefs, or the extirpation of orangutans from Borneo. The unregulated market is as powerless in the face of these forces as the people in Florida who resolved to fight Hurricane Irma by shooting it. It is the wrong tool, the wrong approach, the wrong system.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/sep/13/hurricane-irma-capitalism-growth-economics-environment-financial-crisis

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