Denying limits is the Kool Aid of Denial
Denying that humans must face the same biological and material restraints as all other lifeforms , is the hallmark of the climate denier and of the libertarian.
They call it "human exceptionalism" - extending to all humans the virtue they once thought only belonged to Americans.
Like skygods, they live in a plane (neat pun, yes ?) well above Nature and its material limits.
Human willpower will inevitably triumph material limits : "mind over matter".
CASSE disputes the CATO's Room 101
Herman Daly has promoted the idea of a steady state economy for decades.
He and his supporters (count me as one) argue that a world with a steady number of people consuming a steady (not ever growing) amount of the world's resources can just about manage to keep human civilization afloat for a few more generations.
His organization is known as CASSE --- think of it as the Matter to the Cato Institute's Anti-Matter ( another clever pun, no ?)
CASSE as a sort of Earthling Central versus CATO as Skygod Central.
If we got rid of all the parties - including the Greens - and had Cato vs CASSE duke it out for our votes, we might have both a more interesting election AND truly an earth-settling election.
Doom on one side - Hope on the other....
Now, please sign the CASSE Petition ! *
* And a hat tip to Brian Czech for telling us all about the progress this steady steady idea is making among even the "limitless-growth-is-a-law-of-nature" economists.