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Enemies of Progress: Dangers of Sustainability (Societas) Paperback – 1 May 2008
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- Paperback : 120 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1845400984
- ISBN-13 : 978-1845400989
- Dimensions : 13.61 x 1.32 x 20.52 cm
- Publisher : Societas (1 May 2008)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: 449,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer reviews:
"Offers some interesting insights and questions to explore if we are to properly understand the stranglehold sustainability has over society... and how we might cut loose from it. For those excited about the potential of humanity to shape the world, Williams' book is a refreshing and useful polemic."-- Tony Gilland ― IPA Review
"A well argued humanist alternative to the present conformist consensus - a very persuasive contribution by a thoughtful subversive."-- Frank Furedi, Professor of Sociology at University of Kent, and author of 'Politics of Fear' and ‘Where Have All the Intellectuals Gone’
"A much needed diagnosis of the bleak anti-human pathology sometimes described as environmentalism."-- Dominic Lawson, columnist for The Independent
"Austin Williams has a gift for lobbing well-directed grenades."-- Philippe Legrain, author 'Immigrants: Your Country Needs Them'
"This is not a book about climate change, which is refreshing. It's too easy to see environmentalism as a political movement that has generated its own momentum, albeit preying on fears by amplifying facts from environmental science. Instead, the book shows that it is 'the poverty of ambition in political life' that the dynamic driving the sustainability agenda."-- Ben Pile ― Culture Wars
"Serve[s] as a corrective to unthinking acceptance of green arguments."-- David Lorimer ― Network Review
"Williams... identifies radical environmentalists as 'enemies of progress' who have fundamentally turned away from human development and advancement."-- Peter Pesic ― Times Literary Supplement Published On: 2008-09-19
"Whatever your opinions on building sustainably, this book is a must-read, questioning the march towards carbon zero and giving a refreshing alternative to the green agenda."-- Lucy Dixon ― Professional Housebuilder and Property Developer Published On: 2008-10-03
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Again, the reactionary Club of Rome wrote in 1991, as the Cold War ended, "in searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill. All these dangers are caused by human intervention ... The real enemy then is humanity itself." This turns human beings against each other and against themselves.
Greens want no growth or industry, less production and consumption, more social restraint and conformity. Activist Susan George says, "Growth is not the solution but the problem." They see producing energy and using it as bad. This new Puritanism chimes in with the ruling class's interests: they want us to accept lower living standards and less freedom.
So European Commission President Barroso says, "Europe must lead the world into a new, or maybe one should say post-industrial, revolution." The Bishop of London tells us that flying is `a sin against the planet'.
Greens also try to impose their ideas on other countries, to hold back their progress towards better lives for their people. Green Jonathan Porritt (son of Lord Porritt, who was once Governor-General and Commander-in-Chief over New Zealand) says, "Massive large power stations, connecting up every single individual wherever they are in that country, to a centralised distribution system of large-scale energy generation. That's it, that's the end of the world." Bono justifies colonial-style looting of poor countries, saying, "Aid for Africa is just great value for money ... the investment reaps huge returns."
A group of academics, who travelled to Keele University for a conference called `Against Mobility', said, "a car-based regime generates widespread problems - ecological collapse, war, widespread death and ill-health and economic dysfunctionality, to name but a few." Cars cause wars - that's novel, if nothing else.
The book's central message seems to be that all development is essentially good and so we need to do away with planning regulation. Completely barmy. Perhaps we should build a motorway, an airport, a nuclear power station and a giant waste incinerator next to Austin Williams' house. Perhaps then he would concede that not all development is good!
Interesting ideas, flawed arguments, completely barmy author.