RR talking on socialism, tomorrow
I am speaking tomorrow [see 'Capitalism and the Environment', above] on the relationship between capitalism and ecology. Lots to say, but for now I think the key thing I want to say is this: that the population issue HAS to be faced, because we have (b)reached the limits to growth. If one is serious about ecology and about localisation, one has to be serious about restraining population. It is not proven that this can be done entirely by voluntary means. We may have to think, e.g., about limits to family size, or at least about fiscal incentives for smaller families.
What is not good enough is the standard old socialist mantra of open borders and procreative freedom. This mantra only works if one just doesn't care either way about ecological limits -- as old socialists, indeed, generally didn't care, preferring simply to maximise 'production'.