RISK MAKERS 1)4)
"Decision makers whose decisions make risk for others, but not necessarily for themselves" (M.H. GLANTZ, p.12)
GLANTZ applies the concept to the case of the Moscow bureaucrats who took the decisions that led to the drying of most of the Aral Sea.
He adds: "The bottom line is that risk makers are often not held accountable for the environmental crises that result from their decisions" (Ibid).
Two more aspects should be emphasized:
1. Leaving apart the (frequent) case of risk makers who quite consciously take decisions in benefit of some pressure group, many are basically victims of their ignorance of synergic effects. Such ignorance generally results of their narrow specialized angle and incapacity of appreciating cross impacts with other issues.
2. Risk makers are also indifferent to the possible long-term effects of their decisions, and ignorant of any sound prospective methodology.
In any case, paraphrasing Lord KEYNES, in the long run, we will all be dead. This is indeed a powerful incentive to irresponsability.
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