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Environmentalists should cheer global capitalism

January 11, 2017

Global capitalism continues to move people from rural areas to cities, to lessen poverty, and to decrease agricultural intensity. That last is important to protecting habitat. Increased urbanization leads to greater opportunities for women and increased use of birth control, producing the demographic turn, the one thing that curbs population growth in the long term. Some charts on those trends are nicely gathered in this Grist article.

The populist right is taking aim at global capitalism. Which makes sense, given the cultural conservative contempt for cities, opposition to women’s liberty, and disdain for the environment. The recent realignment in the west that puts globalism on the liberal side, and economic protectionism on the right-wing side, makes quite a bit of sense in how that issue aligns with several others.

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