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White House Science & Technology Director wants to "de-develop" the US
Written by Kristin McMurray   
Friday, 17 September 2010 14:42
HoldrenIn one of the most paternalistic statements I've seen come out of the White House, the Science & Technology Director John P. Holdren has said he would like US to "de-develop" and see zero growth for the population or consumption.

Holdren wrote the following in his book, Human Ecology: Problems and Solutions

“Resources must be diverted from frivolous and wasteful uses in overdeveloped countries to filling the genuine needs of underdeveloped countries.  This effort must be largely political, especially with regard to our overexploitation of world resources, but the campaign should be strongly supplemented by legal and boycott action against polluters and others whose activities damage the environment. The need for de-development presents our economists with a major challenge. They must design a stable, low-consumption economy in which there is a much more equitable distribution of wealth than in the present one. Redistribution of wealth both within and among nations is absolutely essential, if a decent life is to be provided for every human being.”

Holdren's view horrifies me on several levels.  This past year we have seen what de-development looks like.  The highest unemployment rate since the depression has made a clear imprint on what a zero-growth American would look like.

Development and growth and wonderful things that Americans, and every other nation, need to strive for.  Who is Holdren to say which development is good and which is bad?  A clothing manufacturer creates just as much value as as a hospital does. 

Holdren's views exemplifies radical environmentalists views, who continue to place more value on trees and insects then their fellow people. 

Environmentalists are always looking back and striving for a life that was never idealistic.  Ann and Phelim can attest to the hardships people face when living off the land on their travels to Romania and Africa for Not Evil Just Wrong

Development brings jobs, food, shelter, and independence to working class people all over the globe.  I wouldn't wish de-development on my worst enemy, and I find it shocking that a White House official is so comfortable embracing it.

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Tom T said:

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If he was the White House idiot adviser this wouldn't be so bad, but for a science advice this is very frightening. If science is to advance at all it will because of developed countries. I wish that those who advocate others make due with less would take their own advice.
 
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