Global infrastructure crumbling
By RICHARD WILCOX
Sunday, May 6, 2012
Kevin Rafferty’s May 2 article, “Inviting economic suicide?,” is correct on the main points: Japan is in an economic tailspin and this is of grave concern for our well-being. But so, too, is the rest of the industrialized world as the 500-year-old banking system, which is based on fraudulent accounting tricks, comes unraveled.
This process runs parallel to our civilizational technospheric breakdown, witnessed by the crumbling and cracking of global infrastructure. The two issues are related and rooted in a flawed economic model based on greed and materialism, whereby affluence becomes the instrument of global environmental and human destruction.
Rafferty mistakenly says the Japanese public went into a “panic” over nuclear power disasters. People have been waiting a long time to shut down Japan’s poorly operated nuclear power system, and if they don’t do it now, it may be too late. Of course, it would have been better to be able to transition to greener technologies, but human societies are rarely rational in their long-term planning.