By Lukas Straumann
Cash Logging investigates what Gordon Brown has known as ìprobably the most important environmental crime of our timesîóthe substantial destruction of the Borneo rainforest through Malaysian loggers. Historian and campaigner Lukas Straumann is going in seek not just of the misplaced forests and the folks who used to name them domestic, but additionally the community of criminals who've earned billions via unlawful bushes revenues and corruption. Straumann singles out Abdul Taib Mahmud, present governor of the Malaysian nation of Sarawak, because the kingpin of this Asian bushes mafia, whereas he exhibits that Taibís familyówith the complicity of world monetary institutionsó have profited to the music of 15 billion US funds. cash Logging is a narrative of a those that have misplaced their historical paradise to a barren region of oil palm plantations, pollutants, and corruptionóand how they wish to take it back.
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34 These three points already raise the specter of institutional inadequacy. But to appreciate this problem fully, we must ﬁrst say something about the temporal fragmentation of agency. To begin with, there is some reason to think that this might be worse than spatial fragmentation even considered in isolation. In principle, spatially fragmented agents may actually become uniﬁed and so able to act as a single agent; but temporally fragmented agents cannot actually become uniﬁed, and so may at best only act as if they were a single agent.
Junger 1999. 11. The term ‘ “perfect storm’” is in wide usage. However, it is difﬁcult to ﬁnd deﬁnitions. An online dictionary of slang offers the following: “When three events, usually beyond one’s control, converge and create a large inconvenience for an individual. com, 3/25/05). More recently, Wikipedia states: “The phrase perfect storm refers to the simultaneous occurrence of events which, taken individually, would be far less powerful than the result of their chance combination. Such occurrences are rare by their very nature, so that even a slight change in any one event contributing to the perfect storm would lessen its overall impact” (Wikipedia, accessed 6/29/2007).
But one example would be if we see the convergence of the intergenerational and theoretical storms at a national or regional level. At ﬁrst glance, this would not be a perfect moral storm in my sense, since it is not global in scope. Still, it might retain many of the same characteristics, so that much of what we say about the perfect storm remains apt. More deeply, from the theoretical point of view I would argue that the crucial features of what I have been calling the “global” storm are not essentially tied to a single planet considered as such (let alone this planet), but rather to certain kinds of systems that are largely selfcontained.