Monday, February 04, 2008

Water Wars: Paradigms

The first camp consists largely of free-market libertarians with a short-term quarterly profits vision. They argue that we must let the markets decide what water, and how much of it, should be for sale. They regard water as a no different than any other commodity except for the fact that it has a stronger sales hook - it's essential for life. The other camp counters that the markets should not allocate access to something that should be a universal human right. Access to drinking water - and life itself - should not be available only to those who can afford it.

From the originating site's about page:
The Asymmetric Threats Contingency Alliance is a philanthropic expert initiative founded in 2001 by mi2g to understand and to address complex global challenges. ATCA conducts collective Socratic dialogue on opportunities and threats arising from climate chaos, radical poverty, organised crime, extremism, informatics, nanotechnology, robotics, genetics, artificial intelligence and financial systems.

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