Rare Earths in Context

Rare Earth Elements

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There is a current controversy in the Jungles of Malaysia – concerning an government approval to process Rare Earth Material extracted from Australia. The scare is real and its voice has gained sufficient momentum within the Malaysian voting public to sway policy deployment, and perhaps more disastrously – has embolden the masses to hold the government to ransom.

It is the opinion of the junglist that proper protest to address the real issue at hand has been sadly missed amongst the noise and boycott of reason which is what the current movement against the Australian Company in question – Lynas represents. The illogic that basic truths cannot not prevail over the emotions of an un-enlightened mob is but the reaping of the harvest from poorly sowed seeds.

Enlightenment as it seems, is no longer a choice in some societies- where change, prevented in times past from rearing its “ugly head”, becomes the one important criterion or truth with which the masses hold steadfast to for dear life and death, and rightly so.

The experience in the jungle suggest that government mechanism – once established and adopted – must not be allowed to be influenced by the whims of any group or people, save via the channels and processes of democracy and democratic norms established within that greater constituency. To allow such action would only perpetuate the practise of sowing the seeds of unsustainability once more.

Perhaps in the case of Lynas – what should be asked is how established democratic norms allowed such an approval to be sanctioned without being brought onto the forum of the mainstream. Surely, as part of the initial viability analysis, public opinion would have had to be considered. However, how likely is meaningful debate to be had with those who are perceived and intentionally kept as un-enlightened?