He merely sets up the straw men of Neo-Malthusian, Peak Earther
, or Luddite and demands that those opposing growth identify with one of the only supposed categories of those opposed to unlimited growth.
Any person who opposes your opinion is not a flat earther
or King Canute to use your paraphrase.
Even the unsentimental Bengston, whom no one would ever have mistaken for Whole Earther
Stewart Brand, had by this time made a bid for self-sufficiency, opting out of the gallery system against which he had always chafed (the feeling being heartily mutual).
Since I have been called a "flat earther
," I have decided to make the best of it, and start there.
Flowers-in-the-Sun's interest in exploring the liminal space between the Earther and Aqueduct cultures points to potential cultural gains, but Mist, like the readers she recruits to her cause, can see nothing but the uneven relations of power at work on the planet.
Her voice, and the voices of other Aqueduct opposed to the "cutting," are clearly distinguished from those of the Earther "meddlers" in their midst.
Fantasies about the other exist on both sides, and implanted youth such as Flowers-in-the-Sun will inevitably have to learn to live in that noisy zone between the Earther and Aqueduct cultures.
To facilitate the Aqueduct's integration into an interplanetary order governed by English, the Earthers encourage them to undergo an invasive medical procedure--referred to in the story as "implantation" or "cutting"--designed to "correct" their "atrophied eardrums and vocal cords" (213).
Garnishing their assimilative strategies with the rhetoric of cultural sensitivity, the Earthers facilitate the destruction of traditional Aqueduct life ways.
In 1870, Alfred Wallace, co-discoverer of Evolution, accepted a challenge to prove the roundness of the Earth to John Hampden, a committed Flat Earther
So when you encounter an anti-growth advocate, ask him or her, which kind are you, Neo-Malthusian, Peak Earther, or Luddite?
Peak earthers see anti-growth, rather than efficiency gains and substitution, as a solution to resource constraints.
There's another crunch coming in the wake of this election and it's an environmental credit crunch far worse than the present financial one that is going to demand leadership that no Republican, Bible punching, flat Earther
, climate change denier is ever going to solve.
It worries me that instead of having a sensible conversation on just how much man is responsible for changing the climate, anyone who doesn't toe the man-the-planet-destroyer line is now barracked as a fool and a flat earther
How many simpleminded flat earthers
among that lot?