The Coming Anarchy, By Robert D. Kaplan

1664 words - 7 pages

When looking for a topic to dispute I found that I agreed with many of the assertions the authors presented. It was a struggle to find something I disagreed with. In my search, I chose to look at Robert D. Kaplan’s book, “The Coming Anarchy” again. The challenge that we all have is that no matter how critical and analytical we attempt to view a reading we all have our bias. My particular bias is that I cannot separate my view of the world and where it is going from my theology. In light of my theology, I struggled to find much I disagreed with in Kaplan’s writing. As I read Kaplan’s arguments a second time, I took a closer look at his section on the environment titled, “The Environment as a Hostile Power.” Though several authors dealt with the environment Kaplan has a much more assertive argument then the others.
The title of the section conveys two concepts. The first concept is that the environment is an entity unto itself and can influence the actions of others. The second concept is the environment like the Soviet Union and Saddam regime is an evil, hostile force that causes war. My disagreement with Kaplan starts with the title of this section itself not to mention his arguments presented in the section. I would argue that I believe there are second and third order of effects on how we take care of the earth yet it is mans depravity not the environment that causes war.
Though my theology forms a basis for my disagreement with Kaplan, it is not my sole basis in this paper. My theology shapes and influences my worldview. As a chaplain, this should not be a surprise to anyone. To simply argue a topic such as the environment strictly from a scriptural or theological standpoint would quickly lose a wide audience. Many readers, who do not adhere to my faith or a faith, will quickly disregard arguments based on scripture or theology. For the purpose of the paper the scripture verses used are a mere starting point or illustration to counter Kaplan’s assertions.
To deal with Kaplan’s argument of the environment being a hostile power I think it is important to first deal with the issue of climate change. The following few arguments against climate change are simplistic at best. An individual well versed in climate change could easily argue their points. The intent of the next few paragraphs is not to make a strong stance against climate change. The intent is to provide some understanding of the issue of climate change. The reason for the simple argument is that this paper is not about climate change as much as it is about the reasons for future wars.
Those who have coined the term climate change interestingly enough are the same ones that not long ago were calling climate change global warming. The scientific facts were no longer fitting neatly with the term of global warming. In order to save face global warming evangelist began replacing the term global warming with climate change. The new term now allows these...

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