Why the world needs more Scrooges

Today we have the luxury of criticizing the Industrial Revolution as "a dirty era" in our neo-paganism of anti-growth environmentalism, but this article is not about that regressive agenda – not the pipeline protesters, the anti-frackers or insistent warmers.  Instead, it is about one man who lived precisely during the time of the nascent revolution of industry and all her various attendant, unprecedented advancements. Charles Dickens, author of the familiar classics Great Expectations, A Tale of Two Cities, Oliver Twist, and A Christmas Carol, lived in England during the emergence of the factory.  Factories of all kinds were popping up all over the country.  Plants and mills and mines, as well as the locomotive engine to and from these new centers of explosive productivity, generated new household wealth.  There were detractors, of course; the old life was much simpler.  What use were riches when you couldn't enjoy them as an iron...(Read Full Post)