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Capitalism is inevitable

even if we resist

Olson and

, 19

,”Resisting a Discourse of Mastery: A Conversation
with Jean
Franscois Lyotard”, JAC 15.3, a/online]


Cultural Critique and elsewhere you propose that “the main problem in today’s society,”
the “problem that overshadows all the others,” is not the contemporary state but capital. In light
of the turn to market economies by China, Russia, Eastern Block nati
ons, and, now, even Cuba to
a certain extent,
how do we resist capitalism

and its corrosive effect on the social fabric?
. And
we have no reason to resist because all these people are looking to
capitalism as a solution to their problems
. I was

in Petersburg last spring, and
it was horrible to
see all these people

very nice people

without work, without money, and they are just
waiting for capitalist investment in order to make things supportable. There is obviously no
other solution
, except the
ridiculous and dangerous solution proposed by this crazy man, this
nazi, Zhirinovsky.
Capitalism is the only solution
. Obviously, the same is true in China with
a different way to manage the entrance into capitalism. No, no.
This system has no competit
and to resist it is not to make impediments against it
, as in the old tradition. No, no
. It’s to
make the people able to eat, to work, to sleep, to have a home, and so on. And in these
conditions, real resistance can appear

Attempting to move
away from capitalism will cause transitional conflicts that will end
in increased domination and unsustainable exploitation.

Mark Avrum

@ the Center for Superconductivity Research, 19
, “Nanotechnology and
International Security”, a/online

With mo
lecular manufacturing, international trade in both raw materials and finished goods can
be replaced by decentralized production for local consumption, using locally available materials.
The decline of international trade will undermine a powerful source of

common interest. Further,
artificial intelligence will displace skilled as well as unskilled labor. A world system based on
wage labor, transnational capitalism and global markets will necessarily give way. We imagine
that a golden age is possible, but we

don’t know how to organize one.
As global capitalism
retreats, it will leave behind a world dominated by politics, and possibly feudal
concentrations of wealth and power
Economic insecurity
, and fears for the material and moral
future of humankind
may le
ad to the rise of demagogic

and intemperate
national leaders
. With
almost two hundred sovereign nations, each struggling to create a new economic and social
order, perhaps
the most predictable outcome is chaos
shifting alignments, displaced
populations, p
ower struggles, ethnic conflicts inflamed by demagogues,

class conflicts, land
disputes, etc. Small and
underdeveloped nations will be more than ever dependent on the
major powers for access to technology, and more than ever vulnerable to sophisticated for
of control or subversion, or to outright domination
. Competition among the leading
technological powers for the political loyalty of clients might imply reversion to some form of
nationalistic imperialism.

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Capitalism encourages
liberty and altruism. Revolt against the market guarantees
slavery and oppression

, chief economic commentator for the Financial Times, 9
10, 200
, “Morality of the
Market”, a/online

The market economy

rests on and
encourages valuable moral
qualities; provides


for people
to engage in altruistic activities; underpins individual
freedom and democracy; and has created societies that are
, in all significant respects, less
unequal than the traditional hierarchies that p
receded them
. In short,
capitalism is the most
inherently just economic system that humankind has ever devised
. It is true that market
economies neither create, nor reward, saints. But consider the virtuous behavior that
fosters: trustworthines
s, reliability, individual initiative, civility, self
reliance, and self
. These qualities are, critics correctly note, placed in the service of self
interest. Since
people are, with few exceptions, self
interested, that should be neither surprisi
ng nor shocking.
Yet people are also not completely self
Prosperous market economies generate

a vast
number of attractive
opportunities for those who are not motivated by wealth

alone. People can
seek employment
with non
governmental organiza
tions or charities. They can work in the
public sector
, as doctors, teachers, or police officers.
They can teach the iniquities of capitalism
in schools

and universities.
Those who make a great deal of money can use it for any purpose
they wish
. They can g
ive it away, for example. Quite a few have. In the advanced market
economies, people care deeply about eliminating pain and injustice and ensuring the welfare of
fellow humans and, more recently, animals. This concern exists because a rich, liberal society

places enormous emphasis on the health and well
being of the individual. Life is no longer nasty,
brutish, and short; rather, it is gentle, kind, and long, and more precious than before. The
punishments and casual indignities

of two centuries ago
are no longer acceptable to civilized
people. Nor are
slavery and serfdom
, both of which
were rendered obsolete and immoral under
the capitalist system
Militarists, extreme nationalists, communists, and fascists

the anti

brought these horrors bac
, if only temporarily. And it is no accident


the creeds
that brought them back were fiercely anti
individualistic and anti

The race for wealth is inevitable. Allowing growth through capitalism is crucial to preventing
domination through mili
tary expansion.

, professor of Government at Harvard, 19
, “The morality of capitalism, a/online

Critics of capitalism argue that wealth confers power
, and indeed it does, up to a point. Show
people the road to wealth, status, or power, and
they will rush down that road, and many will do
some rather unattractive things along the way. But
this is not a decisive criticism unless one
, fancifully, that
there is some way to arrange human affairs so that the desire for
advantage vanishes

The real choice is between becoming wealthy by first acquiring political
or military power, or getting money directly without bothering with conquest

or domination. If it is in
man’s nature to seek domination over other men, there are really only two way
s to make that domination work. One is military power, and that is the principle
upon which domination existed from the beginning of man’s time on this earth to down about two hundred years ago, when it beg
an to be set aside by another
principle, namely th
e accum
ulation of wealth. Now you may feel that men should not try to dominate other men

although I do not see how you could believe
this in Australia given the importance attached to sports. You may like to replace man’s desire to dominate other men,
and in a few cases it is prevented by
religious conversion or a decent temperament. But as long as the instinct persists
you only have two choices, and if you choose
to compete economically you will reduce the extent to which one group of men will tyranni
over another by the use of military might

or political power.

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Revolutions fail to engage the root of the problem.

, professor of philosophy @ Tulane, 19
, “We Need New Myths”, pp 24

Marxism, as Robert Tucker has
argued, can be seen as a distorted mythic symbol in which the
struggle of good and evil within the individual is projected onto social classes: th
e blood
capitalist class fights (vainly) to dominate the creative
productive working class.

When the
apitalist class is destroyed by the proletariat, alienation will supposedly be destroyed as well.

Marxist revolutionaries can bring down the center of capitalism, the United States, world
will supposedly begin its Golden Age. This myth is so att
ractive to many people because it
portrays in social
class terms the problems that each individual must face. A person committed to
the revolutionary cause can through this projection postpone the painful process of their own
It goes without

saying, of course, that capitalism is in fact responsible for social
ills, but neither the capitalist class nor its individual constituents are the embodiment and source
of evil. The dark side is an aspect of every human being; it cannot be eliminated by

The belief that capitalism is the root cause of all societal ill closes the possibility of pragmatic
solutions, and fractures the movement by isolating moderates as capitalists.

, president of Yale, 19
, The Minnesota Revi
ew, 48
49, a/online

As a result of this view of the world
, many people

on the far right and far left are single
believe not only that everything the demon does has bad effects in our society, but also
that everything bad in our society is ca
used by this demon.

wing extremists hold
feminism or secular humanism or ZOG responsible for drugs, crime, floridation, and the decline
of "family values," and many

including some appearing in mr

claim that capitalism is
the cause of racism
and sexism

(Cotter 119
21, Lewis 97
98, Young 288
, in turn,
leads to
the belief that there's a single cure, and only this one cure, for all these social ills: the complete
extirpation of the demon that causes them and the complete transformation
of society
. Thus
extremists on both sides tend to

be all
nothingists, to
reject all reforms as "band
aids" that
are doomed to fail since they don't get at the source of our problems and so won't further this
radical transformation
Neilson/Meyerson 45:
69). Many are also millenarians who believe the transformation will be brought about by an
apocalyptic clash between the forces of good and evil ending in the permanent defeat of the demon and the creation of a utopi
a(for fundamentalists this is a lite
Armageddon and Second Coming, for militias it's RaHoWa (Racial Holy War) or the uprising of true patriots against our traitor
ous government foretold in The
Turner Diaries with its Hitlerian "final solution," and for Marxists it's the proletarian revolu
tion that, their anthem tells us, will be "the final conflict."

Another consequence of their polarization is that partisans at both extremes try to eliminate
the intermediate positions between them,

by denying their differences
. Neilson and

say that "we should see liberalism and conservatism as flipsides" (45: 269) and argue
that Republicans and Democrats are really the same (47: 242), as does Tom Lewis at greater
length (89
90). Similarly, George Wallace, in his racist, third
party campaign
, insisted that "there
isn't a dime's worth of difference between them."

More sinister is their tendency to "disappear"
these intermediate positions by equating them with the opposite extreme
and his followers
attacked Democrats and even liberal
Republicans as "pinkos" and "fellow travelers," and Marxist regimes condemned social democrats and even communists who
deviated from the party line as fascist counterrevolutionaries who must be liquidated. Some extremists on the academic left e
mploy this t
actic against moderates
and liberals, although with less lethal results. The same Marxist critic who called me a "self
confessed liberal" also called me, in another essay published in the
same year, a "reactionary" ("Terminator" 64), and Donald Morton and
Mas'ud Zavarzadeh consign Gerald Graff, Stanley Fish, Richard Rorty, and Andrew Ross to
the same camp as Rush Limbaugh (32
33). (Neilson and Meyerson's attack on Bérubé is more restrained
the worst thing they call him is a "liberal pluralist" [45:
267, 47
: 239, 245]; but they try to connect him, as I noted, to support of the far right in Central America.) Such people need a sim
plistic division of the political
world into two polar opposites with no awkward alternatives (just as they need a simplistic expla
nation of the cause and cure of all our problems), because they
can't tolerate complexity or uncertainty. That mental set, I believe, is the most significant similarity (or "equivalence") b
etween the far right and far left.

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n is impossible. Lack of a clear alternative to capitalism dooms their

Joel Jay
, Dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, San Francisco
State University, 19
, The Death of Industrial Civilization, p. 159

Transformational o
r revolutionary action will be difficult to mobilize

let alone implement

without a set of alternative social goals and practices implied by a different worldview

and values
informing such action. This is so, unless, of course, one wishes to be exclusively

negative in one’s
critique by advocating the destruction of current social aims and arrangements and leaving it to
others at a later, and presumably more propitious, time to create a new social order; for example, as
with certain anarchists’ positions suc
h as the nineteenth century, Russian anarchist Mikhail
Bakunin’s “creative destruction.”
The risk

is that the new yet to be determined society could be
worse than the one changed
. Furthermore,
by omitting a vision of a supposedly superior, alternative

society the achievement of social transformation is thwarted because the proposed theoretical

or “city coming into being in speech,” as Plato formulates it in The Republic,’
can neither
guide political action
, so that people know what to strive
nor provide the evaluative criteria with
which to judge how successful their action has been

in creating a new

and supposedly better



Transition Bad

Any attempt to break free of the global economy will face immediate destruction

, Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the School of Social Work, University of
New South Wales, last updated 2/17/
Way.html, accessed 4/28/03

corporations rule the world
" This heading, the tit
le of a recent book by David Korten, sums
up the situation that has arisen over the last 20 years.
A tiny corporate super
rich class has risen to
extraordinary wealth and power and are now able to

more or less
run the world in the ways that suit
. (About

1% of the world’s people now control more than half the capital; Note 7.)
They run the
transnational corporations, the media and especially the World Bank, IMF and World Trade
Organisation. Their wealth funds the think tanks, foundations, universities, jo

which pump
out the message that the neo
liberal way is the best and the only way. Governments eagerly comply
with this agenda. Rich world military power is liable to be used ruthlessly against nations which
interfere with this agenda of free acc
ess for corporations and integration of all regions into the one
global market (e.g., Yugoslavia, Iraq
.) Much of the literature on globalisation is alarmed at this
situation of corporate rule; (see especially Chussudowsky, 1996, Fotopolous, 2002, and many
of the
works by Chomsky.)
There are good reasons for thinking that it is now too late to do anything about
this rapid surge to world domination by the super
rich, especially since the "war on terrorism" has
provided a perfect pretext for crushing dissent

Elite attempts to halt transition will kill billions and crush the earth’s carrying

, Professor of American Studies at the University of Colorado
Boulder, 19
in The Coming Age of Scarcity, ed Dobkowski and Wallimann, p 56

Most cr
itics would argue, probably correctly, that
instead of allowing underdeveloped countries to
withdraw from the global economy and undermine the economies of the developed world, the
, and

Japan and others

will fight neocolonial wars to

countries to
remain within this collapsing global economy
. These
neocolonial wars will result in mass death,
suffering, and

regional nuclear wars
. If First World countries choose military confrontation and
political repression to maintain
the global economy, then
we may see mass death and genocide on a
global scale that will make

the deaths of
World War II pale in comparison
. However, these
neocolonial wars, fought to maintain the developed nations’ economic and political hegemony, will

se the final

of our
civilization. These wars will so damage the complex
economic and trading networks and squander material, biological, and energy resources that they
will undermine the global economy and its ability to support
the earth’s 6

to 8
billion people
. This
would be the worst
case scenario for the collapse of global civilization.


Transition Bad

development is classist and maintains capitalism, even when it’s working at its peak.

, staff writer, 19

“Utopia Revisited”,, a/online

only those with the material means and political power are in a position to do this
. Sadly,
the majority of people haven't a choice about their work, housing and transportation, a fact
which Trainer
, at times,
seems to skip over
Most of the examples of what Trainer considers to
be on the way to becoming "radical conserver societies" pose no challenge to capitalism even if
they achieve a high level of self
Indeed, the Israeli kibbutz mov
ement is an
integral part of a capitalist expansionist project

Attempts to escape capitalism create worse conditions

, Lecturer in Social Studies, Harvard; February 3,

New Republic

What is the grand "progressive" vision for which the F
rench left fights, which the Zionists and Jews
are insidiously holding back?

In the grand conflicts of the last century,
there was always a left
structure of Manichaeanism. On the one side: imperialism and capitalism. On the other: a
compelling and re
volutionary dream. The dreams turned out to be nightmares
. But they were
dreams, nonetheless.
Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Castro, Che, the Viet Cong, the Sandinistas, always a man
and a movement saying they aimed to build a better world, which they actually tried
to describe
. In
the end, of course,
the better world did not arrive: In its place were death camps, mass deportations,
forced famines, massacres, reeducation programs, prisons of the body, and greater prisons of the

Capitalism Good


Capitalism solves racism.

, professor of Government at Harvard, 19
, “The morality of capitalism, a/online


promotes civility in another way: it
makes prejudice too expensive to afford
. The
great Nobel laureate economist, Gary Bec
ker pointed this out in a book written 40 years ago.
People didn’t take it seriously then but I think we must take it seriously now.
If you say to
yourself that you will not serve or employ blacks
, or Turks, or Cypriots, or whatever group
your society happ
ens to be hostile to,
you will reduce the number of customers you can reach
and the number of potential employees you can hire. This has the effect of shrinking your
market and raising the wages of those employees whom you can hire
Now in some
, such as in the American south until the 1960s,
it was possible to maintain
segregation in public facilities
, because the legal system and its surrounding culture supported
segregation so strongly that a businessperson had no chance. Embedded in a thor
oughly racist
community, capitalism could easily exist side by side with prejudice, because there are no
competitive disadvantages to acting on the basis of prejudice. But
once that legal and cultural
system began to crack
, once there were a few opportunit
ies for hiring people on a non
discriminatory basis or serving customers on a non
discriminatory basis, firms changed

The nationwide firms changed the fastest, because they realised that capitalism
is incompatible with prejudice
. None of thi
s is to deny the important role played by law, court
order, and the example of desegregated government agencies. But
imagine rapid desegregation
occurring if only law were operating. It would be slow, uneven, and painful. Public schools
desegregated mor
e slowly than hotels and restaurants
, not only because white parents cared
more about whom their children went to school with than about who was in the next hotel room
or at the next café table, but also because
school authorities lacked any market incenti
ve to
admit more or different pupils
. Indeed,
a statist economy will not only resist desegregation, it
will allocate economic benefit

franchises, licenses, credit

precisely on the basis of political,
class, ethnic or racial status. It is capitalism t
hat really requires a cosmopolitan attitude

Capitalism Good

Environmental Protection

Capitalism is crucial to preserving the environment and saving lives.

, director of natural resource studies @ Cato, 4/23/ 200

Indeed, we
wouldn't even have environmentalists in our midst were it not for capitalism
Environmental amenities
, after all,
are luxury goods

like much of the Third World today

no environmental movement to speak of unti
l living standards rose sufficiently so that we could turn our attention from
simply providing for food, shelter, and a reasonable education to higher "quality of life" issues. The richer you are, the
more likely you are to be an environmentalist. And peop
le wouldn't be rich without capitalism. Wealth not only breeds
environmentalists, it begets environmental quality. There are dozens of studies showing that
as per capita income
initially rises from subsistence levels, air and water pollution increases cor
respondingly. But
once per capita income hits between $3,500 and $15,000

(dependent upon the pollutant),
ambient concentration of pollutants begins to decline

just as

as it had previously increased.
This relationship is found for virtually every significant pollutant in every single region of the planet. It is an iron law.

Given that wealthier societies use more resources than poorer societies, such findings are indeed
counterintuitive. But the
data don't lie. How do we explain this? The obvious answer

wealthier societies are willing to trade
the economic costs of government regulation for environmental improvements and that poorer
societies are not


is onl
y partially correct. In the United States, pollution declines generally
predated the passage of laws mandating pollution controls. In fact, for most pollutants, declines
were greater before the federal government passed its panoply of environmental regulat
ions than
after the EPA came upon the scene. Much of this had to do with individual demands for
environmental quality.
People who could afford cleaner
burning furnaces
, for instance,
People who wanted recreational services spent their money ac
cordingly, creating profit opportunities for the
provision of untrammeled nature. Property values rose in cleaner areas and declined in more polluted areas, shifting
capital from Brown to Green investments. Market agents will supply whatever it is that peo
ple are willing to spend
money on. And when people are willing to spend money on environmental quality, the market will provide it.

capitalism rewards efficiency and punishes waste. Profit
hungry companies found
ingenious ways to reduce the nat
ural resource inputs necessary to produce all kinds of goods,
which in turn reduced environmental demands on the land and the amount of waste

that flowed
through smokestacks and water pipes. As we learned to do more and more with a given unit of resources,

the waste
involved (which manifests itself in the form of pollution) shrank. This trend was magnified by the shift away from
manufacturing to service industries, which characterizes wealthy, growing economies. The latter are far less pollution
than the former. But the former are necessary prerequisites for the latter.
Property rights


a necessary
prerequisite for free market economies

also provide strong incentives to invest in resource health.
Without them, no one cares about future retur
ns because no one can be sure they'll be around
to reap the gains
Property rights are also important means by which private desires for resource conservation and
preservation can be realized. When the government, on the other hand, holds a monopoly on suc
h decisions, minority
preferences in developing societies are overruled (see the old Soviet block for details). Furthermore,

only wealthy
societies can afford the investments necessary to secure basic environmental improvements
such as sewage treatment an
d electrification.
Unsanitary water and

the indoor air

(caused primarily by burning organic fuels in the home for heating and cooking needs)
directly responsible for about 10 million deaths a year in the DEVELOPING
making pov
erty the number one environmental killer on the planet today.

Capitalism can save more lives threatened by environmental pollution than all the
environmental organizations combined
. Finally,
the technological advances that are part and
parcel of growing e
conomies create more natural resources than they consume. That's because
what is or is not a "natural resource" is dependent upon our ability to harness the resource in
question for human benefit
Resources are therefore a function of human knowledge. Beca
use the stock of human
knowledge increases faster in free economies than it does in socialist economies, it should be no surprise that most natural
resources in the western world are more abundant today than ever before no matter which measure one uses.

Capitalism Good


Capitalism is the soil of morality and individualism that is key for the successful growth of

, professor of Government at Harvard, 19
, “The morality of capitalism, a/online

These are the assumptions upon which a capitalist order rests, and I think most people hearing
them described will not dissent profoundly from this argument. But now the more controversial
part of my argument. My second point is that
capitalism in the long

run strengthens the moral
sensibilities. It does so by sustaining a liberal social order, by sustaining and indeed creating
criticism of capitalism itself, and by enhancing civility among citizens
Capitalism is essential


and by liberalism

I mean
the principles around which a free society is organised.

It has become clear during the last half century that
democratic regimes only flourish in
capitalist societies
. Not
every nation with something approximating capitalism is democratic
ry nation that is democratic is to some significant degree capitalist
. There are
economies that exist in authoritarian states

but they
do not do very well. There is a
relationship between democracy and capitalism that the defenders of democracy

to their great disadvantage.

Growth Good

Growth Solves Crunch

Growth key to solving scarcity.

, PhD and director of the Expansionary Institute,
, The Future Factor, 20

Our efforts to achieve dominionization over the basi
c forces of nature and over the Earth itself
have a major beneficial by

the creation of a superabundance of food, goods, sources
of energy, and manufactured products

This end of scarcity on a global level is a landmark
event in human history
ng the Macroindustrial Era
, we are redefining the concept of "the
good life." More important, the rapid diffusion of wealth and wealth
generating technologies and
knowledge is in turn enabling the global population to participate in the dominionization
cess. In the agricultural domain,
breakthroughs in biotechnology and genetic engineering
will deliver to humanity a veritable cornucopia of new agricultural products that resist
disease, frost, and infestation, and have a longer shelf life
. Cell factories

and plant tissue
technology are making possible the mass production of vegetable and fruit in artificial
environments. Hydroponic plants will grow in waterless soil! The sum total of these efforts will
provide goods and food to the multibillions inhabitin
g our planet

for the first time in human
history the world's population will be well fed, well clothed, and comfortably housed. And
very large population could be served, perhaps 40 to 50 billion people or more

Growth Good

Growth Solves Environment
al Destruction

Growth and technology are crucial to halting environmental degradation

, PhD and director of the Expansionary Institute,
, The Future Factor, 22

Humankind's invention of
the "supertree" illustrates one of the least
wledged benefits of
the hyperprogress occurring during the Macroindustrial Era
: although economic, technological,
and industrial growth occasionally cause problems, such as pollution and possible reduction in
the supply of some natural resources,
our techn
ology ultimately generates solutions to the very
problems it creates
. Our civilization requires wood and paper products to continue progressing.
In the process we temporarily reduce the available source of these wood products, namely trees.
However, our re
sourceful species just as quickly replaces these commodities

in this case we
applied genetic engineering techniques to produce greater quantities of wood. In fact,
growth and technology directly counteract environmental degradation. Studies indi
cate that
while a developing country's early economic growth initially can lead to pollution and waste,
once that nation achieves true prosperity it then possesses the resources to clean its air and
purify its water
. In his 1999 book, Earth Odyssey, enviro
nmentalist David Hertsgaard reports
the poorest cities, not the most prosperous, were usually the most polluted.

The citizens in
these places can buy cars, but cannot afford cars with catalytic converters. According to the
World Bank, once a nation's
per capita income rises to about $4000 in 1993 dollars, it produces
less of many pollutants per capita. At this income level a nation can now afford to purchase the
technology to purify its coal exhausts and the sewage systems that treat and eliminate a va
riety of
wastes. 12 Although China is switching to cleaner technologies such as nuclear, it still favors the
use of its locally abundant, and therefore cheaper, resource, coal. We can predict that once
countries like China become more affluent they will ha
ve the wherewithal to clean up their
Technology is now being used to deal with waste produced by tanker accidents
and other unexpected events that can send millions of gallons of oil or other chemicals
gushing into our pristine lakes and ocean
. One novel method, bioremediation, uses microbes,
bacteria as it were, as a veritable cleanup crew, for everything from nuclear waste to oil spills.
This new environmental technology is based upon the notion that bacteria are the perfect agents
to litera
lly "eat" industrial waste. U.S. Microbics is one company that specializes in this
increasingly popular technique. (Publicly held, its stock symbol is BUGS . . . seriously.) In early
1999, it announced that its new production plant had commenced shipping m
icrobial blends to
treat hydrocarbon
contaminated soil. U.S. Microbics used biotechnology, bacteria mostly, to clean
up sewage wastes, including diesel oil spills. According to the company, "naturally occurring
bacteria blends are used to convert the hazar
dous diesel fuel into harmless, earth
chemical byproducts."

Cap good


Growth empirically reduces poverty

Seth W.
, Aldeen Professor of Business at Wheaton College, Fall
accessed 4/26/03

The more relevant issue is the role of economic growth in reducing poverty. The trickle
contention and the jaundiced view of trickledown

the trickle is just a small trickle

rest strongly
on the contention that it is the “quality of gro
wth” and the redistribution of the benefits of growth,
not growth itself, that leads to the elimination of poverty. The results documented in Tables 2 and 3
challenge that assertion. For example,
suppose the poor countries of the world experienced average
economic growth of 5 percent per annum. After 5 years, the compounded income would result in an
increase of about 27.62 percent
. Ignoring the effect of the other income group,
the impact of the rich
stratum’s income growth would decrease the death rate

eath by 40”)
by about 3.76 percent,
whereas an increase in the income of the poor stratum would reduce the death rate by about 2.55
.4 Thus, in the ceteris paribus sense,
the poverty reduction by growth of the richest class’s
income would generate a

greater effect than the poverty reduction attributable to the growth of poor
class’s income
. However, incomes of the rich and poor do not grow in a ceteris paribus sense. The
incomes of the rich and the poor actually grow together

as Table 1 clearly docum
ents. More
the data show that poverty falls as the rich get richer
. Thus,
economic growth should
enhance the well
being of the poor as well as the rich
. We can directly examine the role of economic
growth in ameliorating poverty as measured by

the HPI. Table 4 contains regression estimates of the
impact of economic growth, as measured by the percentage growth rates in per capita GDP for
various time periods, on the HPI. For control purposes, the initial per capita GDP levels are also
included i
n the estimates to assure that the results deal with growth and not just the dispersion of
income across countries.5 The results show that the
growth rates for all periods are significant
determinants of poverty rates, and the sign is negative in all cases

economic growth reduces
measured poverty rates
. Moreover,
the explanatory power of growth rates increases somewhat as the
period lengthens
, with the maximum explanatory power occurring with the 1970

90 estimate. The
use of the components of the HPI
in comparable regressions in Table 5, using only the estimate
from Table 4 with the highest adjusted R
squared (the 1970

90 estimate), provides further evidence
of the benefits of economic growth to the poor. In particular,
if growth increased one standard

deviation above the mean for the 1970

90 period

(i.e., by .44),
the proportion of the population
surviving to age 40 would increase by almost 6 percentage points. At the sample mean, there would
be a reduction from about 21 percent not surviving to age 40

to about 15 percent

Growth solves mass poverty and vastly increases living standards

, director of the Cato Institute's Project on Global Economic Liberty,
0109.html, accessed 4/26/03

The historical record is clear: the single, most effective way to reduce world poverty is economic
growth. Western countries began discovering this around 1820 when they broke with the historical
norm of low growth and initiated an era of dramatic advances

in material well
being. Living
standards tripled in Europe and quadrupled in the United States

in that century,
improving at an
even faster pace in the next 100 years. Economic growth

eliminated mass poverty in

what is
today considered
the developed
. Taking the long view,
growth has also reduced poverty in
other parts of the world: in 1820, about 75 percent of humanity lived on less than a dollar per day;
today about 20 percent live under that amount

Cap good


Growth is the main force

behind poverty reduction, and contractions increase

, director of the Cato Institute's Project on Global Economic Liberty,
0109.html, accessed 4/26/03

The pattern of poverty reduction we see around the world should not be surprising. It generally
follows the relationship found by a recent World Bank study that looked at growth in 65 developing
countries during the 1980s and 1990s.
The share of people in
, defined as those living on less
than a dollar per day,
almost always declined in countries that experienced growth and increased in
countries that experienced economic contractions. The faster the growth
, the study found,
the faster
the poverty re
duction, and vice versa
. For example, an
economic expansion in per capita income of
8.2 percent translated into a 6.1 reduction in the poverty rate. A contraction of 1.9 percent in output
led to an increase of 1.5 percent in the poverty rate
. That relation
ship explains why some countries
and regions have done better than others. "
Between 1987 and 1998, there was only one region of the
world that saw a dramatic fall in

both the number of people and
the proportion of the population
living on less than a dolla
r a day. That region was East Asia
," observes economist Martin Wolf.
this was also the only region to see consistent and rapid growth in real incomes per head."
High growth allowed East Asia to reduce the share of its poor

during this period
from 26 t
o 15
percent and the number of poor from 417 million to 278 million

With annual growth rates of
nearly 9 percent since 1979, when it began introducing market reforms, China

alone has
pulled more
than 100 million people out of poverty
. The more mode
st but increasing

in India during
the past decade means that the outlook of the poor in the two countries that make up half of the
developing world's population is noticeably improving

Cap good


Capitalism prevents racism

Martin W.
, associate research professor of geography, co
director of Comparative
Area Studies, Duke University, 19
, Green Delusions, pp. 173

Business leaders have opposed apartheid not because of their magna
niniity, but rather because
discrimination is m

many respects highly disfunctional for the economy. Many South African
companies have long suffered from shortages of skilled labor, yet they have been politically
prevented from tapping a huge segment of the populace for such posi
dons. As a result, wage
s for
white workers have been far greater than the market would dictate, a situation hardly advantageous
for capital. Even more importantly, the fact that so many people have been reduced to dire poverty
by political edict greatly reduces the internal Sout
h African market, which in turn undercuts the
potential profitability of consumer
goods firms. The underdevelopment of the consumer economy, m
turn, severely hampers the country’s overall economic performance.

The same underlying patterns may be seen, albe
it in weaker form, in the United States. It was, of
course, the capitalistic Republican Party that dismantled slavery; until relatively recent times the
Democratic Party of workers and farmers formed the bulwark of discrimination. As a system,
capitalism t
hrives on equality of opportunity. Efficient corporations wel
come talented individuals
from all social ranks into their middle and upper echelons

so long as they are adept at making
profits. Thus the editor of Fortune magazine tells us that “One of Americ
a’s great competi
weapons is that we are far ahead of the Japanese and most other foreign competitors in at last
beginning to admit women to positions of real power” (July 30, 1990, p. 4). Of course, individual
capitalists can be as bigoted as any one

else, and many are blind to the general requirements of the
system as a whole. And so too, equality of opportunity must never be confused with social equity, as
those individuals lacking the de
manded skills and motivation will always be poorly rewarded b
y the
rational corporation.



Embracing capitalism is the only way to ensure human survival

, executive director of the Expansionary Institute, Professor of Management
at Montclair State University, 19
, Seizing the Future, p. 34,

pp. 39

no outside force guarantees the continued progress of the human species, nor does
anything mandate that the human species must even continue to exist
. In fact,
history is littered with

races and
civilizations that have disappeared witho
ut a trace. So
, too,
could the human species.
There is no guarantee that the human species will survive

even if we posit, as many have, a special
purpose to the species’ existence. Therefore,
the species

innately comprehends that it
must engage in
e actions in order to maintain its level of growth and progress. Humanity’s future is
conditioned by

what I call
the Imperative of Growth
, a principle I will herewith describe along with
its several corollaries. The Imperative of Growth states that
order to survive
, any nation, indeed,
the human race, must grow, both materially and intellectually. The Macroindustrial Era represents
growth in the areas of both technology and human development, a natural stage in the evolution of
the species
’ continued

extension of its control over itself and its environment. Although 5 billion
our continued existence depends on our ability to continue the progress we have been
making at higher and higher levels
. Systems, whether organizations,
, or cel
have three

directions in which to move. They can grow, decline, or temporarily reside in a state of
. These are the choices.
Choosing any alternative to growth
, for instance, stabilization of
production/consumption through zero
could have alarmingly pernicious side
effects, including extinction

He continues…

The fifth corollary of the Imperative of Growth claims that
a society can remain in a state of
equilibrium only temporarily
. In reality,
a society seemingly in a p
hase where it neither improves
nor regresses is actually in a transition to either growth or decline. Such periods easily seduce their
contemporaries into a false sense of security, that their institutions will last forever
, they have all the
science they
need, and there are no more challenges. In fact, during such periods some imagine that
they have reached their “golden age,” perhaps even the “end of history.”
During such periods of
supposed equilibrium, the population ceases to prepare itself for new cha
llenges and becomes risk
. Importantly,
they reject the idea that growth and progress are necessary for their survival
The sixth corollary evolves from the fifth.
If the system chooses not to grow, it will decline and
eventually disappear, either be
cause other organisms or systems overtake it or because it is
impossible to maintain itself even at static levels without in some way deteriorating
. This is the Law
of Spiraling Regression. It is indeed a curiosity of the late
century culture tha
t this truism
has been ignored. In the morass of claims about the risks of technological growth and its impact on
the ecosystem, the mainstream media and orthodox
academics have decided not to consider what
harm the full pursuance of zero growth

or non gro
might inflict on the sociotechnical system
which includes
our technological infrastructure, culture, and standard of living

Growth good saves the environment

Growth stops people from destroying the environment to survive

, Editor

of The Economist,
, 20:21 Vision, p. 268

Inequality may also bring a risk of environmental degradation, for poor countries may be unable to
deal safely with toxic pollutants, or may be so desperate in the face of population growth and
poverty that the
y permit actions, such as deforestation, that have a damaging influence on the global
. In general,
rising incomes bring better control of environmental damage
, as Chapter ii will
argue. A few extreme environmentalists raise concern about any and al
l economic growth in poor
countries, for in the short term that growth could bring on new environmental challenges, such as
the burning of coal and other dirty fuels in Chinese homes and factories. But
it would surely be
intolerably selfish to deny poor co
untries advancement

on those grounds.
The bigger ground for
concern is pollution out of desperation: the resort by the poorest to shortsighted forms of agriculture
or industry, in the absence of any other means of survival

Ecological protection is only p
ossible with through growth

, Professor of Energy & Resources at Berkeley,
, The Real
Environmental Crisis, pp. 183
184, pp. 193

The Endangered Species Act

(ESA) embodies many of this book’s themes and can even be seen as
one of its m
ajor focal points. It
is probably the most far
reaching environmental statute ever adopted
by any nation
The act

is solidly grounded in the moral commitment of the American people to
preserve their environment and
is a demonstration of the claim
, made thr
oughout this book,
that free
and affluent people will take action to protect their environment when they perceive an important
problem and believe there is an effective solution
. Scientists, environmentalists, and legislators
played important roles, to be
sure, but at bottom the Endangered Species Act belongs to the
American people.
Such a mandate, involving huge expenditures of public and private money, could

have come out of a country whose citizens were not dedicated to environmental quality. Nor
ld the act
have come out of an impoverished country
. In fact,
the gap between rich and poor
countries in biodiversity conservation investments is enormous. In the developed countries, the
average investment in protected areas is about $1,687 per square kil
ometer, whereas in the poor
countries the average investment is only $161. This despite the fact that both the biological diversity
and threats to that diversity in poor countries are often much greater than in rich countries

He continues…

Whether in affluent or developing countries,
the link between economic growth and environmental
quality is vital. This link

was recognized as a principle by the Brundtland report, and it
has been
confirmed by the actual experience of many affluent countrie
. In these pages the emphasis has been
on the historical experience of
the United States, whose robust economic growth and unequaled
affluence have stimulated and supported ever stricter environmental protection, including

such as
the Clean Water

Act, the Clean Air Act, vehicle fuel
efficiency standards, and the unique
Endangered Species Act. Such environmental advances come out of affluence, not poverty

Growth good saves the environment

Growth spawns environmentalism and regulations to prevent

, Professor of Energy & Resources at Berkeley,
, The Real
Environmental Crisis, pp. 2

Environmentalists are made, not born. In the industrial countries environmentalism arose as a
reaction to the negative impacts of early in
dustrialization and economic growth. On the way from
subsistence to affluence, people developed a greater sense of social responsibility and had more time
and energy to reflect about environmental quality. They had experienced environmental
deterioration f
irsthand, and they demanded improvement. One of the great success stories of the
recent half
century is
, in fact,
the remarkable progress the industrial societies have made, during a
period of robust economic growth, in reversing the negative environmental

impacts of
industrialization. In the United States the air is cleaner and the drinking water purer than at any time
in five decades; the food supply is more abundant and safer than ever before; the forested area is the
highest in three hundred years; most

rivers and lakes are clean again; and, largely because of
technological innovation and the information revolution, industry, buildings, and transportation
systems are more energy

and resource
efficient than at any time in the past
. This is not to say tha
the resource/environment situation in the United States is near perfect or even totally satisfactory

of course it is not. Much more needs to be done. But undeniably, the
improvements have been
remarkable. They have come about in a variety of ways


government regulation, through
taxation, through financial incentives, through community actions. Most important, these
environmental improvements

cannot be credited solely to government, environmental organizations,
or lobbyists, though each has played a
n important role. Rather, they
have come about because the
majority of citizens in this and every other democratic affluent society demands a clean and livable
. Does this imply that the affluent have achieved an improved environment in their ow
lands by exporting their pollution to the lands of the poor? That has rarely been the case. (See the
discussion of exporting pollution in Chapter 7.)

Empirically, human behavior will adapt to prevent ecocide

, Editor
Chief of The Economist
, 20:21 Vision, pp. 281

Certainly, things have changed. After all, the world’s populanon has more than trebled in the past
hundred years, and world output has risen even faster. So it is only natural to expect that the earth
itself will have been

affected. But
one would also expect people’s behavior to have changed in
response. People depend on the earth for their food, air and water, and for other less vital resources
too. So they have a strong incentive to protect their enviromnent in ways relev
ant to their needs,
comfort and survival, and a strong incentive to learn both from bad experiences and from new
scientific discoveries. If people typically lived, consumed and produced things now in the same way
that they did in 1900

(or 1950, or indeed 1
the world would be a pretty disgusting place:
smelly, dangerous, insanitary, toxic and worse. But they don’t. The streets of London or other big,
rich cities are no longer full of horse manure, or blanketed in smoky fog, or full of open sewers;
houses are no longer full of harmful smoke (not even from cigarettes
, one of the biggest killers),
water is cleaner both from the taps and in the rivers and seas. The reasons why people in the rich,
developed world have changed the way they live, and w
hy the environment has not

in fact been
turned to rack and ruin, have to do with prices, technological innovation, social change and, in
democracies, government regulation in response to popular pressure. And those reasons are why
today’s much larger envir
onmental problems in the developing countries ought
, in principle,
to be

Growth good saves the environment

Liberalization causes industries to use better environmental practices

, professor of economics at American University, se
nior economist at
the World Bank,
et all
, Winter
,, accessed

Elimination of government subsidies

has an environmentally beneficial effect

in this context.
The heaviest
polluters often receive subsidies, because they operate in sectors such as steel and
petrochemicals where state intervention has been common. Privatization and reduction of subsidies
tend to reduce the scale of such activities, while expanding production i
n the assembly and service
sectors that emit fewer pollutants

(Dasgupta, Wang and Wheeler, 1997; Lucas, Hettige and Wheeler,
1992; Jha, Markandya and Vossenaar, 1999; Birdsall and Wheeler, 1993).
Elimination of energy
subsidies increases energy efficiency,

shifts industry away from energy
intensive sectors, and
reduces demand for pollution
intensive power

(Vukina, Beghin and Solakoglu, 1999; World Bank,
1999). However, higher energy prices also induce shifts from capital

and energy
production tec
hniques to labor

and materials
intensive techniques, which are often more pollution
intensive in other ways (Mani, Hettige and Wheeler, 2000).
Economic liberalization also has a
common effect
, at least in pollution
intensive sectors,
of enlarging the mark
et share of larger plants
that operate at more efficient scale

(Wheeler, 2000; Hettige, Dasgupta and Wheeler, 2000). This
change often involves a shift toward publicly held firms at the expense of family firms. The
improvement in efficiency means less poll
ution per unit of production
, although larger plants may
also concentrate pollution in a certain locality (Lucas, Dasgupta and Wheeler, 2001).
In China, state
owned enterprises have much higher costs for reducing air pollution because they are operated les
. Figure 3 displays recent econometric estimates of control costs for sulfur dioxide air
pollution in large Chinese factories (Dasgupta, Wang and Wheeler, 1997).1 The level of polluting
emissions also reflects managers’ technology decisions. I
n the OECD countries,
innovations have
generated significantly cleaner technologies that are available at incremental cost to producers in
developing countries. Even in weakly regulated economies, many firms have adopted these cleaner
technologies because
they are more profitable. Increased openness to trade also tends to lower the
price of cleaner imported technologies, while increasing the competitive pressure to adopt them if
they are also more efficient

Hill, 1999; Huq, Martin and Wheeler, 199
3; Martin and
Wheeler, 1992). Thus,
firms in relatively open developing economies adopt cleaner technologies
more quickly

(Birdsall and Wheeler, 1993; Huq, Martin and Wheeler, 1993).

Growth stops war

Growth reduces conflict, while downswings greatly incre
ase risk of war

, director, Development Research Group at the World Bank; professor of
economics at Oxford,
, in Greed and Grievance, ed. Berdal and Malone, pp. 97

The only result that supports the grievance approach to conflict is that
a prior period of rapid
economic decline increases the risk of conflict. Each 5 percent of annual growth rate has about the
same effect as a year of education for the population in reducing the risk of conflict
. Thus,
a society
in which the economy is grow
ing by 5 percent is around 40 percent safer than one that is declining
by 5 percent
, other things equal. Presumably,
growth gives hope, whereas rapid decline may
galvanize people into action
. Inequality, whether measured in terms of income or landownership
has no effect on the risk of conflict according to the data. This is, of course, surprising given the
attention inequality has received as an explanation of conflict. The results cannot, however, be
lightly dismissed. For example, the measures of inequal
ity have proved to be significant in
explaining economic growth and so are evidenfly not so noisy as to lack explanatory power. Nor is
our result dependent upon a particular specification. Anke Hoeffler and I have experimented with
well over a hundred vari
ants of our core specification, and in none of these is inequality a significant
cause of conflict. (By contrast, primary commodity exports are always significant.)

Growth is key to peaceful conflict resolution and prevention

Indra de
, senior resear
ch associate at the International Peace Research Institute,
, in Greed and Grievance, ed. Berdal and Malone, p. 126

The question is, How can a country escape from resource dependence and manage to innovate?
Economic growth is vital because the raising
of per capita income proxies innovative capabilities.
Bringing about economic growth through development assistance is one obvious answer. Countries
with higher per capita wealth are far less likely to suffer internal conflict and are more likely to
t strong democracy

which is widely seen as promoting peace and conflict resolution
. Thus,
renewed efforts at promoting economic growth and democratic institutions seem to be the best long
term strategy for creating

what UNESCO has termed “
a culture of peac
e” in the developing world

Growth solves international conflicts

, Distinguished Professor of Economics at Pace University; Senior Fellow of
the Brookings Institution, 1992 / 19

Foreign Affairs

slow growth

in the world economy now

the danger of a reversion to beggar
policies a real one
. n11 Some see the three major economic powers

the United States, Germany
and Japan

riding in different directions and threatening to pull the world economy apart. But the
ndence resulting from economic integration has greatly reduced the effective autonomy of
even large national economies. Nations have found that their policies are now less potent
domestically, affect other countries more strongly and produce sharp and ofte
n unwelcome changes
in the trade and payments balances and exchange rates that link them with others. n11 See Jeffrey E.
Garten, A Cold Peace: America, Japan, Germany, and the Struggle for Supremacy, a Twentieth
Century Fund Book, Times Books, 1992. In thi
s changed world, cooperation among the major
economies in policymaking has become increasingly important. But there are no technical solutions
to the economic problems the world is facing. What is most needed is the political will

the will of
the United

States, Germany, Japan and other major industrial countries to deal more effectively with
their own problems and the will of all the major developed countries to work together for a common
The most important challenge for economic cooperation in the
years ahead will be to keep the
world economy growing at a vigorous and sustainable pace. With real economic growth the serious
problems of world debt, unbalanced trade, currency disequilibrium and unemployment

as well as
the social, ethnic, racial and
nationalist tensions and the violence to which they give rise

can be
contained, and progress made toward their solutions

Growth stops war

Development diversifies exports and increases education, solving the two root causes
of war

Indra de
, senio
r research associate at the International Peace Research Institute,
, in Greed and Grievance, ed. Berdal and Malone, p. 116, p. 127

Collier finds that
ethnic heterogeneity and income inequality are mostly unrelated to conflict.
Primary goods exports an
d average years of schooling in the male population,

are strongly
related to conflict. A large share of primary goods in exports provides a revenue stream easy to
capture, offering the motivation for rebels to coalesce in seeking loot. The average

years of
schooling in the male population measures the opportunity costs for young men to join greed
motivated rebellion. This variable is significantly negatively related to conflict: The higher the level
of education among males, the less likely they ar
e to engage in risky endeavors such as armed
conflict. A country more than one
fourth dependent on primary commodity exports emerges as four
times more likely to be engaged in a conflict than one that is not
. Similarly,
even a slight increase in
the level
of education can decrease the risk of conflict
. As Collier puts it, “
A country with large
natural resources, many young men, and little education is very much more at risk of conflict than
one with opposite characteristics
” (italics added). He concludes th
the “true cause of much civil
war is not the loud discourse of grievance, but the silent force of greed

He continues…

Higher levels of development usually mean the growth of a stronger manufacturing base and the
diversification of exports. Because exp
orts of primary commodities are strongly related to conflict,
such development will also help reduce the incentives for greed
motivated violence
. Again,
development assistance can be targeted toward this end. If resource abundance acts to distort the
sses that lead to better policies, the donor agencies should seek to counteract trends toward
Dutch Disease. To this end, donor agencies could insist on sounder fiscal policies, prevent the
adoption of policies that promote rent
seeking, help identify and
alter perverse subsidization that
benefits merely the urban elite, and build institutions that protect property rights. Moreover, the
international community can help with transfer of technology to developing countries and support
the processes of harnessi
ng that technology by promoting investment in human capital. Providing
assistance toward
better educational systems will not only discourage recruitment of youths into
rebellion but will also strengthen the longer
term prospects of economic growth and deve
Investment in education will also encourage better government in the longer run that will result in
informed participation in political and economic life
. As recent studies of aid effectiveness find, aid
can work wonders in the right policy settin
g, but it fails in bad ones.” The right policy conditions
cannot simply be imposed but must be accepted by those who benefit from such policies.
Acceptance of certain policies can be achieved only if people are able to understand them.

A2: resource wars

esource wars are rare

Thomas F.
, Director of the Centre for the Study of Peace and Conflict
,Professor of Political Science, at the University of Toronto, 19
, Environment,
Scarcity, and Violence, pp. 138

Four environmental resources in pa
rticular would appear likely to spark simple
scarcity conflicts:
agriculturally productive land, forests, river water, and fish. Scarcity of these renewables is rising
rapidly in some regions; they are often essential for human survival; and they can be ph
seized or controlled. But
close study of historical and current cases provides little support for this
idea. There is
, in fact,
virtually no evidence that environmental scarcity is a principal cause of major
war among modern states
. Arthur Westing

has compiled a list of
twelve conflicts in the twentieth
centuiy involving resources
, beginning with World War I and concluding with the
Falklands/Malvinas War.
Access to oil or minerals was at issue in ten of these conflicts. Just five
involved renewable

resources, and only two of these

the 1969 Soccer War between El Salvador
and Honduras, and the Anglo
Icelandic Cod War of 1972


concerned neither oil nor

(cropland was a factor in the former case, and fish in the latter). But,
the Soccer War
not a simple
scarcity conflict between states; rather
, as explained later in this chapter,
it arose from
the ecological marginalization of El Salvadoran peasants and their consequent migration into
Honduras. And, because the Cod War
, despite its name,
involved negligible violence, it hardly
qualifies as a resource war
. In general,

such as Choucri and North
have not adequately
distinguished between scarcities of renewable and nonrenewable resources as causes of international
conflict. They have
overlooked two reasons why modern states do not generally fight over
renewable resources
. First,
states cannot easily convert cropland, forests, and fish seized from a
neighbor into increased state power; although these resources may eventually generate we
alth that
can be hamessed by the state for its own ends, this outcome is uncertain and remote in time
. In
contrast, states can quickly use nonrenewables like oil and iron to build and fuel the military
machines of national aggression. (Renewables have not
always been less important to state power:
in the seventeenth through nineteenth centuries, for example, shortages of timber for naval ships
contributed to serious, and sometimes violent, conflict among European powers.) Second,
with economies hi
ghly dependent on renewables tend to be poor, and poor countries cannot easily
buy large and sophisticated conventional armies to attack their neighbors. For these reasons, both
the incentives and the means to launch resource wars are likely to be lower fo
r renewables than for

A2: rich/poor gap

Higher incomes among the rich decrease poverty more than gains for the poor

Seth W.
, Aldeen Professor of Business at Wheaton College, Fall
.pdf, accessed 4/26/03

The pattern that emerges in Table 3 is that the
components of the

Human Poverty Index] are

negatively related to the incomes of the poor and the incomes of the rich
, as well as to the
geographic variables. Consequently,
igher income to either group tends to reduce poverty rates
The most salient feature in Table 3 is the fact that the
coefficients for the rich incomes have a
stronger effect on poverty reduction than the coefficients for the poor incomes. That observation
true for all cases
. Restricted coefficient estimates (Wald’s) tests reveal that the
coefficients for the
rich income category are (absolutely) greater than the coefficients for the poor income category for
survival, illiteracy, and undernourished childr
. The significance tests for access to safe water and
access to health services indicate that while those measures are more sensitive to the incomes of the
rich than to those of the poor, the differences are not statistically significant. More generally
more importantly,
there is no evidence that the income gains to the rich do not benefit the poor
, at
least as evidenced by broad and well
established measures of poverty. The results for
undernourished children merit special attention. The coefficient
for the rich incomes is negative and
significant, indicating that
an increase of rich people’s incomes reduces

this measure of
malnutrition. The coefficient for poor peoples’ incomes is slightly positive but not significant
Presumably, the esti
mate reflects multicollinearity. Regressing the undernourishment variable on
just the incomes of the poor does lead to a reduction in the proportion of undernourished children.
However, the comparable simple regression estimate for the incomes of the rich
is still substantially
greater.2 Thus, the easiest interpretation is that
the relationship between the incomes of the rich and
undernourished children is negative and robust, but the relationship between the incomes of the poor
and reduced children’s malnu
trition is weaker and perhaps nonexistent
. [Spelling
out of Human
Poverty Index not in original.


Even if only the rich benefit, they invest in infrastructure that solves for everyone

Seth W.
, Aldeen Professor of Business at Wheaton College, F
5.pdf, accessed 4/26/03

Despite the assertions of Marxists, there are simple reasons to presume that _r might exceed _p.
Consider externalities.
If the rich inhabitants of a country invest in some in
frastructure that helps the
rich, it might also help the poor as the effects of infrastructure “spillover” as benefits to the poor.
Investment in education
, for example,
is widely perceived to produce positive externalities to the
community. Consider also
the interaction between the incomes of the rich, economies of scale, and
the incomes of the poor. If there are economies of scale in the provision of various services (e.g.,
health services and sanitation), then the increases in demand associated with high
er incomes of the
rich would generate a lower price and therefore permit poor people to consume more (increasing
their real income), provided the scale economies did not also lead to a higher price due to
diminished competition. Consider the relative consu
mption versus investment of the rich and poor.
Suppose the poor spend most of their income on subsistence consumption, while the rich invest a
greater part of their income
. Under those circumstances,
increasing the incomes of the rich would
lead to higher
economic growth and could also reduce the average level of poverty in a country



Growth is the only check on brutal dictatorships

, Editor
Chief of The Economist,
, 20:21 Vision, pp. 15

The potential for
dictatorship, with associated deadly brutality, is undimmed. The main limiting
factor is economic: centralized control has proved to be a poor way to build a wealthy, modern
economy, and wealthy economies are those most able to afford the latest offensive,

defensive or
repressive technologies. Modern, wealthy economies have developed when economic power has
been dispersed to a wide population and when individual enterprise has been given its head. Such
developments make dictatorship harder and repression co
. But it is far from impossible to
sustain a dictatorship over long periods of time, as the Chinese Communist Party has shown. And
the importance of the economic sacrifice entailed by centrally directed regimes is essentially
it is the grow
ing wealth of other countries, operating in an open market economy, that
makes it harder for a dictatorship to restrain the economic expectations of its own citizens and to
keep up with other countries’ military technology and resources. But if other count
ries’ economies
become depressed, life for the dictator could well become easier

Growth solves corruption

Dr Camillo
, International Mineral Research, September 12, 19
, Mining

There is an undeniable correlation between a country's GNP

and its Corruption Index
. Somewhat
the poorest countries score high on perceived corruption
. But there are several
exceptions: Chile, with its modest GNP, is easily the least corrupted country in South America
(perhaps a factor in its recent
mining boom). Conversely Italy, with a GNP superior to either
Australia or the UK, has a level of perceived corruption similar to Bolivia

a country 20 times
poorer. A telling reality.

Widening inequalities lead to democratic reforms, which solve povert

, Editor
Chief of The Economist,
, 20:21 Vision, pp. 244

A paper in Harvard’s Quarterly Journal of Economics in November 2000, by Daron Acemoglu and
James A. Robinson, provided
empirical evidence to support what common sense would s
uggest had
been the case: that the major democratic reforms

(extending the franchise, and so on)
in Britain,
Germany, France and Sweden in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries all coincided with
peaks in inequality
. In other words,
a widening of in
equality brought about social and political
pressure for reform, which the established elites responded to by providing the discontented with
greater democratic representation. The elastic stretched; and for fear that it might break, bringing on
violence a
nd turmoil, political reforms were offered and accepted. This
, in turn,
has had a levelling
. For, in time,
democratic reform influences those in government: those seeking election will
make sure that their policies are of broad benefit to those who
they hope will vote for them. Hence
the provision of, and improvement of access to, public education and other services
; hence
granting of steadily greater rights and protections for ordinary workers
; hence
the gradual
introduction, even without pressu
re from socialists, of progressive taxation, by which governments
could draw more of their revenue from the few than from the many
. The effect of

on posttax
incomes is complex, since taxes alter people’s behavior. But, as a general rule, it
has narrow
ed the
gap between posttax incomes. The other big effect of democracy

on inequalities of income and
has been to make societies, or rather political establishments, less tolerant of high levels of
unemployment. “Let them eat cake” is no longer a
viable or acceptable reaction. The result has been
that, in the democracies, efforts have either been made to

try to
reduce unemployment or to make
unemployment less disastrous financially by expanding welfare benefits
. That has been less true of
the Unite
d States than of Western Europe or Japan, but, beginning with the “New Deal” of the
193os, it has nevertheless been the American trend too.

Cap is inevitable

must work within it

Capitalism is inevitable; activists should strive to ensure it develops in
a positive

, Editor
Chief of The Economist,
, 20:21 Vision, pp. 26

Since all the progress that has been, and will be, seen in technology and in general welfare has
arisen from capitalist activities, and since
no alternative set
of ideas has emerged to give hope to
poorer countries that they can match the rich world’s progress by adopting anything other than
, it might seem reasonable to assume that
capitalism is likely to be simply a given for the
first century.
One way or another, it will be a feature of life during the next hundred years
That is surely true.
But all the difference in the world, and for the world, is contained in that phrase,
“one way or another.” How much technology develops, how it develops, h
ow well
off we become
in material terms, how big a problem the relative poverty of the underdeveloped world will pose for
the developed countries, how the planet’s environment serves to limit or enable our activities and
circumscribe or enhance our lives:
all these questions depend on the way capitalism develops, or
rather the way it is allowed to develop
. This, too, like the role of leadership in preserving peace, is
probably an eternal question.
Our feelings about capitalism have always been and probably
will be mixed. Capitalism works. It appeals to the inherently competitive instinct

in man, the instinct
that to survive and thrive one must compete, and that to compete one must take risks.

There is no alternative to globalization

Utrecht University, “Sovereignty, Democracy And The Outcomes Of
The 2001 Wto Ministerial,”
pdf, accessed 8/30/03

Now we see a serious clash between people who see globalizatio
n as a good thing and people who
see it as a bad thing? What is striking though, is
those who believe it as a bad thing have not really
put forward an alternative
to it.
They are proposing a negative
, epitomized by ‘shrink or sink’.
are the anti

and may be it is in the nature of their argument that they shouldn’t put
forward a positive vision of how trade and other relations should be structured across borders in a
global sense. But
they can be accused of an ostrich
like behaviour in terms
of latching on to the
familiar and ignoring the

realities of an increasingly networked

and technologically
world, in the context of which it is impossible to go back

to the good old days of state
control, to define borders and slower an
d more old fashioned methods of communication.

No alt kills criticism

Resistance to capitalism is meaningless unless a stable alternative and process of
change can be outlined

, philosopher, Achieving Our Country, 19
, p. 103

The Sixties did not ask how the various groups of stakeholders were to reach a consensus about
when to remodel a factory rather than build a new one, what prices to pay for raw materials, and the
Sixties leftists
skipped lightly over all the question
s which had been raised by the experience of
nonmarket economies in the so
called socialist countries. They
seemed to be suggesting that once
we were rid of both bureaucrats and entrepreneurs, “the people” would know how to handle
competition from steel mi
lls or textile factories in the devel
oping world, price hikes on imported oil,
and so on
But they never told us how “the people” would learn how to do this
The cultural Left
still skips over such questions
Doing so is a consequence of its preference fo
r talking about “the
system” rather than about specific social practices and specific changes in those practices
. The
rhetoric of this Left remains revolutionary rather than reformist and pragmatic.
Its insouciant use of
terms like “late capitalism” sugges
ts that we can just wait for capitalism to collapse, rather than
figuring out what
in the absence of markets, will set prices and
The voting
public, the public which must be won over if the Left is to emerge from the academy into th
e public
square, sensibly wants to be told the details. It wants to know how things are going to work

markets are put behind us. It wants to know how participatory democracy is supposed to function.
The cultural Left offers no answers to such demands

for further information
, but until it confronts
them it will not be able to be a political Left. The
public, sensibly, has no interest in getting rid of
capitalism until it is offered details about the alternatives
. Nor should it be interested in particip

the liberation of the people from the power of the technocrats

until it is told how
deliberative assemblies will acquire the same know
how which only the technocrats presently
possess. Even someone like myself, whose admiration for John Dew
ey is almost unlimited, cannot
take seri
ously his defense of participatory democracy against Walter Lippmann’s insistence on the
need for expertise.

Individual resistance fails

, Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the School of Social Work, Uni
versity of
New South Wales, 19
, The Conserver Society, pp. 211

When confronted with the limits to growth

there is a tendency

to conclude that one ought
change one’s own lifestyle in conserver society directions. This is

indisputably desirable

worthwhile, but I want to argue that it is in general
far from the most important commitment
. First,
it is not at all easy for most people to change their lifestyles

far in the direction of conserver society
while they are living within this society.

of us
have little choice but to have a car, buy food
that has been transported a long way, use sewers, and work in a job of questionable social worth
the main problems are the structures and systems within which we are trapped. These
condemn m
ost of us to doing a lot of consuming and polluting
. We can with effort change some
things about our lifestyle, e.g., many of us could grow more food and wear out old clothes. But
will not get to conserver society through individuals resolving to change

their personal lifestyles
because most of the problem is to do with social structures, not lifestyles. Individual decisions

live more simply
will not contribute

to getting

town banks established or

edible landscape beside the rai
lway lines, because such decisions will not help more people to
understand and eventually vote for those structural changes

Seeking individual change is fruitless

Lester W.
, Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Sociology at SUNY
, in Building Sustainable Societies, ed. Pirages, p. 289

In some respects personal change cannot be separated from societal change. Societal transformation
will not be successful without change at the personal level; such change is a necessary but not
sufficient step on the route to sustainability. People hoping

to live sustainably must adopt new
beliefs, new values, new lifestyles, and new worldview. But
lasting personal change is unlikely
without simultaneous transformation of the socioeconomic/political system in which people
function. Persons may solemnly res
olve to change, but that resolve is likely to weaken as they
perform day
day within a system reinforcing different beliefs and values. Change agents typically
are met with denial and great resistance. Reluctance to challenge mainstream society is the ma
reason most efforts emphasizing education to bring about change are ineffective. If societal
transformation must be speedy, and most of us believe it must, pleading with individuals to change
is not likely to be effective

Protest doesn’t change the s

Protest doesn’t undermine the system

Seattle proves

, senior fellow at Cato, “Globaloney Dying,” February 5,
,, accessed 9/6/03

From its inception,
the protest movement was less than m
et the eye
. Some
30,000 demonstrators
gathered in Seattle

in November 1999 on the occasion of the World Trade Organization's ministerial
Meetings were disrupted
, the city was trashed, and ultimately the WTO ministers failed
to agree on a new ro
und of trade talks.
But most of the numbers in Seattle were peaceful marchers
supplied by organized labor

a good, old
fashioned parochial interest group that had little in
, ideologically or culturally,
with the radical activists
and "anarchist" go
ons that grabbed all
the media attention.
And the failure

of the WTO meeting
had little to do with the commotion
. Rather,

administration's insistence on negotiating
labor standards, and

European and Japanese
dragging on agricul
tural liberalization, were the real culprits.



wing groups will squash their movement and bring global fascism

Martin W.
, associate research professor of geography, co
director of Comparative
Area Studies, Duke
University, 19
, Green Delusions, pp. 170

The extreme left
, for all its intellectual strength, notably
lacks the kind of power necessary to
emerge victorious from a real revolution
. A few old street radicals may still retain their militant
ethos, but
today’s college professors and their graduate students, the core marxist contingent, would
be ineffective. The radical right
, on the other hand,
would present a very real threat. Populist right
wing paramilitary groups are well armed and well trained, whil
e establishment
minded fascists
probably have links with the American military, wherein lies the greatest concentration of
destructive power this planet knows. Should a crisis strike so savagely as to splinter the American
center and its political institut
ions, we could well experience a revolutionary movement similar to
that of Germany in the 1930s
. Marxists, however, would likely counter this argument by citing the
several cases of successful socialist revolutions. Successful though they were, none makes
compelling analogue. First,
no marxist revolution has ever come close to occurring in an advanced
capitalist nation
. Triumphant
leftist revolutions have only taken place in economically backward
countries, and generally only after an unrelated war had de
moralized the old guard. More
, as Hamerow (1990) clearly shows,
all successful marxian revolutions have relied on
the strategic cooperation of the bourgeoisie against the aristocracy; only after the old regime is
toppled are the fractionated mo
derates cut out of power. Considering the fate that has generally
befallen them under such circumstances, it is unlikely that the business classes

even in the world’s
more feudal countries

would again be tempted by the promises of a mixed economy offered t
them by would
be leftist revolutionaries
. Except perhaps in El Salvador and Peru,
marxist revolutionary movements are irritants to the ruling elites rather than real threats
. In
contemplating the likely future of a revolutionary United State
s, we encounter the ultimate paradox
of contemporary marxism: the unintended collusion of the radical left and the radical right. Even
during periods of normality, the opposing ends of the political spectrum feed strongly on each

in sardonic fashion,

they are each other’s best allies.
The marxian left is extraordinarily
frightening to the vast majority of the populace, and the stronger it becomes, the more seductive the
propaganda of the radical right grows
. The equation can also be reversed; leftist
rhetoric draws its
real power in opposition to the radical right, not the accommodating center. With every KKK
outrage, with every atrocity committed by the Los Angeles Police Department, the marxian message
grows ever more convincing to horrified progress
The broad center of responsible
conservatives, moderates, and liberals may attempt to remain dispassionate and to refute both
extremes, but in a deteriorating political environment, marked by inflamed passions, such a stance
will seem to many increas
ingly inadequate. If, in the event of extraordinary crisis, the center does
, I must conclude that
most Americans would follow the far right rather than the far left.
American society has simply been too prosperous, and the majority of its citizens too

accustomed to
owning property, to be willing to risk everything on a communist experiment
. Alexander Cockburn
of The Nation has repeatedly pleaded with liberals not be afraid to endorse socialism

a fine
position indeed if one would like to see reactionari
es gain uncontested power throughout the United
States. If truly concerned about social justice and environmental protection, I would counter liberals
should not be afraid first to embrace, and then seek to reform, capitalism.

Economic Downturn


nomic decline leads to nuclear war

Chris H.

Professor at UC Boulder, "The Coming Age of Scarcity" p. 56 19

Most critics would argue, probably correctly, that
instead of allowing underdeveloped countries to
withdraw from the global economy and unde
rmine the economies of the developed world, the U
Europe, and Japan and others will fight neocolonial wars to force these countries to remain within
this collapsing global economy

neocolonial wars
will result in
mass death, suffering,
and even
regional nuclear wars.

If first world countries choose military confrontation and political repression to
maintain the global economy, then
we may see mass death and genocide on a global scale that will make
the deaths of World War II pale in com

However, these neocolonial wars, fought to maintain
the developed nations' economic and political hegemony, will cause the final collapse of our global
industrial civilization. These wars will so damage the complex economic and trading networks
squander material, biological and energy resources that they will undermine the global economy and its
ability to support the earth's 6 to 8 billion people. This would be the worst case scenario for the collapse of
global civilization