Category Ethics

Redefining our Relationship with the Future – Part 2

Currently we are treating the future like colonizers of the 19th and early 20th century where treating their overseas colonies. On one hand, we are extracting resources from that “colonized future”, but on the other hand we are projecting some high tech dreams into it, pretending that economic growth can go on indefinitely. But just […]

Redefining our Relationship with the Future – Part 1

The suggestions I have been making on this blog might seem unfamiliar, so I want to explain some of the considerations behind them. In some states at least, human rights are implemented in terms of laws and institutions. Generally, the human-rights-situation is better in countries that have human rights codified into their constitutional and institutional […]

Rethinking Ownership

If non-renewable resources are privately owned, they are in danger of being destroyed. For example, somebody owning a piece of forest might be tempted to just cut down and sell all of the trees or burn them to use the land for agriculture, eventually leaving just a desert. He might buy a piece of forest […]

Why I am opposed to atomic energy (and fossil fuels as well)

Originally posted on The Asifoscope:
(Inside of a liquitd waste tank at Hanford site, see http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hanford_site_tank_interior.jpg) Many people think nuclear energy should be extended to replace power stations based on burning fossil fuels in order to reduce the release of greenhouse gasses. Many others are opposed to nuclear energy because they fear the dangers of accidents…

Two Kinds of Debts

A lot is written today about debts of governments. I want to make a short note on this topic (not referring to any particular state or government, but to all of them). 1) I suggest that when we think about public debts, we start to distinguish between two types of debts. Exploitative Debts On one […]

Trans-Temporal Exploitation

In the years before 2008, some bankers made tremendous profits. Where did all that money come from? One could say that it came from the future. The schemes used to make those profits where all, in a way, variations of credits. In a credit, you get a lot of money at one time and have […]