Tuesday, January 19, 2016
MODERN CIVILIZATION : A FAILURE OF PARLIAMENTARY DEMOCRACY
THE FAILURE OF PARLIAMENTARY DEMOCRACY
R. Ashok Kumar, B.E.,M.E.,Negentropist, Bombay Sarvodaya Mandal, 299, Tardeo Road, Nana Chowk, Mumbai-400007.
© 2016 Ramaswami Ashok Kumar
The ethical basis of the contamination of the environment which results from an unavoidable by-product of civilian nuclear power, military nuclear weapons testing and the use of Uranium weapons.
The consequent detriment to human health makes the ethical justification of these activities in modern civilization impossible in all but the most extreme cases (medical interventions, research and technological uses of radiation). If the nuclear industry and the military and thus modern civilization are to continue within a sound ethical framework serious questions need to be addressed and those who will suffer its health consequences need to be informed and consulted to a far greater extent than they ever have been. This is a political matter since it is assumed in a democracy the electorate or their representatives have access to the best information. In the case of radiation risk, the electorate and their representatives have no access to accurate information on the effects of these processes and the contamination of their bodies or its consequence.
Parliamentary democracy fails under these conditions.
“In many instances it is the environmental destruction that appals citizens, but that they nevertheless find difficult to reverse. This results from the universal intellectual domination of the ethic of capitalism, an economic system which, to paraphrase Wilde, knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. As Midgley points out, rationality is no longer an adequate discourse for justifying human activity. Its limitations are made clear by the conclusion implicit in policy-making that while children will inevitably die from leukemia as a result of radioactive discharges, causality will be denied and in any case their numbers are ‘absolutely small’ and therefore not worthy of consideration. The moral bankruptcy of such a justification is intuitively apparent. If we broaden our conception of value beyond that which exists within the economic growth-driven world system it becomes clear that far from being too cheap to meter, civilian nuclear power is in fact too costly to permit.”(Ref 1)
The question of the systematic increases of medium and very long-lived radionuclides in the environment from military-associated activities
(weapons tests, Uranium weapons) and modern civilization( dams and their destruction of Fukushima Daichi and consequent extermination of all infants perhaps by 2028) has never been justified(Ref 2) and therefore could
be taken to be beyond the framework of any ethical system, including
utilitarianism. Owing to the cross-border and indiscriminate nature of the
contamination it should be considered to be a universal crime against humanity and indeed of all life, like of the type discussed at Nuremberg following World War II.
It follows, by application of the precautionary principle, that modern civilization is the biggest terrorist and development within it must be banned by mutual consultation with the people in a framework of awareness building of truth and thereafter a referendum(s).
Ref: 1. 2010 Recommendations of the ECRR
The Health Effects of Exposure to Low Doses of Ionizing Radiation
Regulators' Edition Edited by Chris Busby with Rosalie Bertell, Inge Schmitz-Feuerhake, Molly Scott Cato and Alexey Yablokov. Published on behalf of the European Committee on Radiation Risk Green Audit 2010