At the Dai Dong Conference (Stockholm, 1972), I suggested the adoption of a measure which seems to me to be applicable with much less difficulty than dealing with installations of all sorts. My suggestion, instead, was to allow people to move freely from any country to any other country whatsoever. Its reception was less than lukewarm.This reasonable idea is still widely rejected even among Georgescu-Roegen's philosophical descendants - ecological economists (with at least one notable exception).
September 02, 2010
Georgescu-Roegen and open borders
Practical proposals by Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen mainly consisted of making the current generation worse off in order to leave more "natural resources" to future generations. A rare exception is to be found in a footnote in his classic Energy and economic myths. The footnote addressed how to allow the people from "underdeveloped nations [...] to arrive as quickly as possible at a good (not luxurious) life,"