Consider these equations:
Mining = Bad Environment
Mining Ban = Bad Economy
Bad Environment = Bad Economy
Goa is facing a terrible dilemma. Do we ban mines and ruin our economy or allow them and ruin our environment? After agonizing over this question for days, illness I have decided to cast my vote down the middle. On Mondays, Wednesday and Saturdays, I will support the ban. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, I will back the miners. (It evens out to 3 days and 3 days if we don’t count Sundays).
If we split it down the middle by day of the week, there will be no need to come up with a watered down compromise that in the end will please nobody. So let’s allow each side to do whatever they please, as long as they do it on their allotted days.
We can actually encourage rapacious, illegal mining on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Let the powerful mining interests get it all out of their system on those three days, no holds barred. Destroy the countryside, despoil the land, kidnap, intimidate, buy off the government, you name it! But only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays!
Then on the other days, let’s let the environmentalists have their way. Let’s hand over the airwaves and newspaper pages to the activists and their anti-mining diatribes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Let’s encourage them to lengthen their speeches, burn some tires and block traffic, but only on their allotted days. All mining, exports and related activity will be halted, three days a week.
We can call this the catharsis solution. Everyone gets to do whatever they want, and get a lot of satisfaction while they’re doing it, albeit for a limited time. Will the economy and environment still be ruined in the end? Of course, but at least we’ll have lots of fun!
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