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"One institution towers over the struggle between the competing claims of universalism and propinquity: the nation state."--The Plundered Planet (2010) by Paul Collier


"Remember the fate of the buffalo: those assets not privately owned and easily found are vulnerable. [...] The most vulnerable natural assets of all are fish that swim in international waters. They are currently the equivalent of the buffalo." "--The Plundered Planet (2010) by Paul Collier


"The smoky factory is, in fact, the classic image used by economists to illustrate the idea of an externality. The factory sells the goods, but does not have to pay for the smoke." --The Plundered Planet (2010) by Paul Collier


"I share with environmentalists a less pessimistic view of human nature than is routine among economists."


"Restoring environmental order and eradicating global poverty have become the two defining challenges of our era. A number of environmentalists in the developed world are wary of the spread of global prosperity, arguing that it would wreck the planet. Conversely, in the poorer countries of the world—the bottom billion—many people are wary of environmentalism, seeing it as an attempt by the richer countries to haul up the ladder."--The Plundered Planet (2010) by Paul Collier

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The Plundered Planet (2010) is a book by Paul Collier

It is encapsulated in his formulas:

Nature – Technology + Regulation = Starvation
Nature + Technology – Regulation = Plunder
Nature + Technology + Regulation (Good governance) = Prosperity

The book describes itself as an attempt at a middle way between the extremism of "Ostriches" (denialism, particularly climate change denial) and "Environmental Romanticism" (for example, anti-genetically modified organisms movements in Europe). The book is about sustainable management in relation with the geo-politics of global warming, with an attempt to avoid a global tragedy of the commons, with the prime example of overfishing. In it he builds upon a legacy of the economic psychology of greed and fear, from early Utilitarianism (Jeremy Bentham) to more recently the Stern Review.

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