“Technofixes for environmental problems? Not gonna work” – a warning from… 1972

Benny Rothman was a mensch. This I knew. What I didn’t know was that his son, Harry Rothman, was an academic at University of Manchester. In 1972 a book of his was published- “Murderous providence : a study of pollution in industrial societies”

According to one blurb– “The author argues that pollution is basically a social and economic problem, rooted in the present irrational organisation of society, and that therefore all attempts to find a technological solution are doomed to failure because they deal with effects rather than causes. Only by creating a society which governs its actions by social, instead of private, economic rationality, can Mankind hope to live in an affluent and non-polluting culture. “

Oh well…

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