The Age's habit of publishing articles sourced from members of the Institute of Public Affairs always guarantees a good laugh, and the latest from Chris Berg (Capitalism is ruining the planet, and pigs might fly, 2 May 2010) is no exception.
In the article Berg looks at the way capitalism has a butchered pig sold into 150 products, from meat products to antifreeze liquids. This example of the meticulous breakdown of a pig, Berg argues, shows how capitalism and glottalization are sustainable.
Once again the IPA shows us how it is able to come up with rather silly arguments and disguise them in a sexy package. Allow me to demonstrate: Humans have been breaking down oil into hundreds of products for more than a hundred years now. In many respects, the production and the use of oil have been synonymous with capitalism. Yet no sane person can argue that humanity's use of oil is particularly sustainable: oil is a finite resource and the use of oil has been creating environmental and health damages at costs so high we dare not estimate them.
Just give the state of Louisiana a call for further details.