The word ‘sustainability’ is now code for: let’s make capitalism work over the long haul, without ever getting rid of the hierarchy between rich and poor and without establishing social justice. ‘Sustainable development’, as well: that’s a term that’s been contaminated. It doesn’t even mean ‘sustainable’ anymore. It means: let us continue to do what we’re doing, but somehow get away with it. By some magic waving of the hands, or some techno silver bullet, suddenly we can make it all right to continue in all our current habits.
Especially since most minimalist want to keep exactly the economic and police systems that keeps them privileged. That’s libertarians for you—anarchists who want police protection from their slaves.
Green Mars (Mars 02) Kim Stanley Robinson
Sometimes you just read lines in scifi books that are just perfect