This short article by Robert A. Herendeen argues that without government mandatory regulation for all, there will be no prospect of voluntarily arriving at a universally agreed value that ‘enough is plenty’ as the available resources of Spaceship Earth diminish. The article develops the opening quotation from George Monbiot’s “Heat”:
… appealing to people to restrain themselves [by] self-enforced abstinence alone is a waste of time. By and large, we consume as much as our incomes allow…. changes… cannot take place without constraints that apply to everyone rather than everyone else. Manmade global warming cannot be restrained unless we persuade the government to force us to change the way we live.
—George Monbiot, Heat (2006/2009)