I came across this issue of Playboy magazine while on a hunt for some pieces for staging a listing. I found this powerful article in its pages. The correlation of Quality of Life, Natural Resource availability with Economic Indices and Pollution levels is remarkable.
It is clear when I read this 44 year old document that the persistent issues of Human sustainability in our world today are the same as they were then. With almost half a century of understanding on these issues it astounds me that we have not moved to a Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) based economic model.
For the Nihilist this article supports the outlook that science and capitalism have failed to deliver on the promise of making our lives better and protecting us from ourselves. If you are looking for hope it is here in the pages of an enlightened populist magazine. Simply we need to persist in advocating for the measure of Quality of Life as a key "Economic Indicator" and to include the cost of pollution in the economic balance sheets of our governments.