How do Objectivists deal with human-caused environmental problems -- such as the thinning of the ozone layer by CFCs or groundwater pollution by industry? Is the free market adequate in all cases?
asked Jul 24 '12 at 13:27
In addition to the references already cited, another good summary can be found in The Ayn Rand Lexicon under the topic of "Pollution." Be sure to check the cross-referenced topics, also.
Regarding the brief mention of George Reisman in the comments, his break with ARI was described at the time as "non-philosophical." As I understand the issues, there is no contradiction in classifying him as an Objectivist philosophically, who is not considered suitable for serving on the ARI board of directors. Environmentalism is, indeed, an assault on economic progress, not primarily a movement to make the world cleaner. Observe that the environmentalists themselves emphasize "green" rather than merely "clean."
answered Jul 29 '12 at 02:36
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