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The Earth should be perceived as a finite quantity. The sources at the disposal of humankind are both renewable and exhaustive whereas the exploitation thereof causes their quantity to decrease and this leads to a future without them. The use of oil and its derivatives as well as other fuels is changing the climate and “industrialized farming” is also a significant contributor thereto.

AVTOR: VIKTOR ŽAKELJ
NASLOV: EKONOMIJA V ANTROPOCENU
ESEJ: BOGOMIR KOVAČ, RUDI RIZMAN
PESMI: DUŠAN VOGLAR
ISBN 978-961-07-0292-4
COBISS.SI-ID 40179715

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The Earth should be perceived as a finite quantity. The sources at the disposal of humankind are both renewable and exhaustive whereas the exploitation thereof causes their quantity to decrease and this leads to a future without them. The use of oil and its derivatives as well as other fuels is changing the climate and “industrialized farming” is also a significant contributor thereto. 

The population is still growing, with the growth being more intensive in economically underdeveloped areas. 

Humanity failed to acknowledge these facts for centuries. This does not mean that it was not aware of them, it merely thought that science, which has been advancing exponentially in the past century and a half, would be able to deal with it. If not the former, then a saviour would come in some form of vis maior – “creator of heaven and Earth”, as Christians like to say. 

In the mid seventies of the previous century, the Roman club informed the city and the world of the growth limitations that humanity should abide by in order to survive.  

The politicians and economic decision makers heard such warnings, yet failed to internalize them, convincing themselves it was simply a mistake. They believed, with many of them still convinced to this day, that the socioeconomic system was designed on perpetual growth, which they treated as development, possible for and tailored to the people, who wish to compete and grow their possessions, even those that they do not require. 

At the turn of the twentieth century and for several decades to follow, millions were convinced that the ownership structure and the distribution of what had been created represented the entire problem. Following the bloody revolutions, certain countries established state-property system and political monism, whereas the economic model, based on perpetual growth, was preserved.

In the seventies of the twentieth century, the masters of the world imposed global neoliberalism upon humanity, which was supposed to bring “the end of history”. 

After twenty or thirty years it became clear that this system solved neither social nor economic issues of humankind, whereas it managed to socially differentiate society to the extreme and increase environmental aggression.

Experts, especially geologists, came to a conclusion that the humanity has not been living in a Holocene for quite some time, but that the human has been creating Anthropocene, which is more difficult to live in. Economy holds a central place in this metamorphosis.

This is the central subject of my book, namely in a way, which should be available to a broad circle of readers, especially those who are already aware of the new economic crisis knocking on our doors, of the increase of climate changes and of the fact that famine may arise in the next few years.

The capitalist system, based on perpetual growth, needs to be abandoned. Some of us believe that the new socioeconomic system should be formed around socially responsible management, which, in light of the terminology created in the past century, may be called Eco-socialism.

Dear reader, do not burden yourself with names. It seems futile to doubt that the current situation demands action from myself, yourself, and the entire human race.  

This time it is serious. The existence of our civilisation and of the homo sapiens is seriously at risk.

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