Magazine article New Internationalist

Letters

Magazine article New Internationalist

Letters

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Praise, blame and all points in between? Give us your feedback.

The New Internationalist welcomes your letters. But please keep them short. They may be edited for purposes of space or clarity. Letters should be sent to letters@newint.org or to your local NI office. Please remember to include a town and country for your address.

Bad attitude

The wealthy (The feral rich, NI 459) need to become willing not only to surrender some of their wealth to prevent disruptive social unrest but to surrender even more to deal with global warming before the impact of climate change makes it impossible to maintain a viable capitalist economy.

But the wealthy will not forego any of their wealth for the common good. People never have enough, we always want more, and nobody willingly surrenders what they have. We always believe we've earned it or are entitled to it, regardless of the consequences of our selfishness. Wealth is not just how much you have, it is an attitude of mind, whether you are a wealthy individual changing nationality to avoid taxes, a corporate CEO sacking or unfairly exploiting workers to cut costs, or a Unionist allowing other workers to be sacked so that you can keep your overtime and penalty rates. A poor person is happy when they actually have enough; a wealthy person never has enough no matter how much they actually have.

Peter Schaper Biggenden, Australia

Resonant energy

Re: your snippet 'Solar deal' (Agenda, NI 459). Surely such an initiative has resonance with indigenous communities in Australia. With government backing, such a project could bring income, employment, dignity and independence to native Australian groups and at the same time take a much needed step towards producing clean energy.

John Wood and Ingeborg Fina Bolton Point, Australia

Failing model

Resistance to GMOs is much more than the ideological battle Mark Lynas asserts it to be (Argument, NI 457). It is resistance to a failing model of agriculture that is poisoning our water sources, depleting nutrients from our topsoil, while humans and animals are ingesting chemicals.

Two compelling online documentaries teach us about GMOs. The 2008 The World According to Monsanto reveals corruption and deceit in how GMO crops were allowed into our food supply. Monsanto, formerly a chemical company, has repositioned itself as a 'life sciences' company. …

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