Japan’s Earthquake-Damaged Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Facility

Concerns are mounting over happenings at the earthquake-damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power facility in Japan. Anarchists, like the general public, have a variety of opinions on the topic of nuclear power, in and of itself. However, it’s a fact that the actually-existing nuclear power industry in Japan is state-supported, state-regulated and state-owned in various combinations — in a way that looks far in excess of even US subsidies. [Refer to the Wikipedia article “Nuclear power in Japan” for a relatively-detailed background summary.] That being the case, it would be correct to attribute to statism any damage resulting from a potential nuclear disaster at Fukushima Daiichi, in addition to the recent earthquake.

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4 thoughts on “Japan’s Earthquake-Damaged Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Facility

  1. While statism certainly isn't off the hook here, it doesn't seem very wise to me to reduce this to mere statism, as if things would be relatively peachy keen if these facilities existed in a stateless context. I'd say that this talking point, by itself, will likely result in laughter from most non-anarchists, and for good reasons.

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    1. "if these facilities existed in a stateless context"

      These facilities probably wouldn't exist in a stateless context.

      That's not to say that no nuclear facilities would exist in a stateless context, but these particular nuclear facilities are products of state-financed research, state construction subsidies, state monopoly grants and state guarantees of mitigated liability.

      What a freed market would produce is of course open to speculation, but it's reasonable to speculate that what a freed market would produce would be different from what statism has produced.
      My recent post The latest in incredibly stupid

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  2. It certainly would.

    Nuke power is extremely dangerous and one would think the Japanese would have learned as much from Hiroshima and Nagasaki. However, in their urban spheres, the Japanese are easily as sci-fi crazy, materialistic, and externalizing as the most crass Americans. I'd suggest that combination of traits was responsible for ignoring the lessons of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in favor of a sci-fi/futurist vision of nuke power.

    Man's arrogance created the nuclear explosive, and man's arrogance will continue to create nuke power plants that fracture, overheat, and otherwise fail, leaving destruction in their wake.

    When humankind learns to accept its inherent hubris, and avoid giving it free rein, it will be on a more sustainable path. Presently it remains in a headlong rush to self-annihilation — in this case, aided by a bit of Natural Disaster.

    I feel horrible about the destructive effects of the quakes, tsunamis and nuke plant failures ongoing in Japan right now. No society should have to deal with all 3 at once. However, in a world with quakes and tsunamis, it does call into question the wisdom of using nuke power. Perhaps this will create a simple lesson for nuke power lovers.

    More likely, it will just be another thing for the greedy and futuristic to minimize as they strive to be "modern."

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    1. Good point. But I tend to think that a large part of scientific/technical hubris in general is, if not created, exacerbated by statism. Those who fall in the scientistic trap tend to do so out of an obsessive drive to control the natural environment, which in a way, fits nicely with an obsessive drive to control live beings. And this is exactly the kind of people who thrive and see their plans come to fruition most easily in a statist system.
      My recent post “It’s complicated-” or the relationship of market anarchism with taxes

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