It doesn't take much imagination to demonstrate that unending growth will do our children and theirs out of the heritage they deserve -- and that we can survive without that unending growth and only without it. Do you know any conservation group that is giving this serious consideration? I don't think you do. It is one of the taboos. I do not think that you can find an agency in government yet willing to question growth. But some growth is bad -- for instance, malignant growth. One way to combat malignancy is to examine for it periodically. I believe there is malignancy in our economy, and that all conservation will fail unless it is checked. We need to get the checking started. We ought not be lulled by the euphoric statement, "man's power to mold the world to his liking is almost unlimited."

David R. Brower


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