"An industrial capitalist society that does not recognize ecological limits but only perpetual economic expansion and has the profit motive as driver, will eventually consume and destroy itself."
"But we will all be taken down with it."
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What's interesting to me is this quote from the boy's father, farther down in the article: "'This accident was truly a mystery to me,' said Bizilj, director of emergency medicine at Johnson Memorial Hospital in Stafford, Conn. 'This is a horrible event, a horrible travesty, and I really don't know why it happened.'"
It's his use of the word "travesty" that I find fascinating. Obviously, he meant to use the word "tragedy" and to say that his son's death was very unfortunate. But by misspeaking and using the word "travesty," he's said that his son's death is a parody or mockery. That's fascinating to me as unintentional irony because, in my view, his son's death is a mockery of the supposed benefits of individual ownership of automatic firearms.
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