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  •  That's the question of all questions. (8+ / 0-)

    Why don't Americans want more for themselves?

    •  Americans want more for themselves (2+ / 0-)
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      but operate under the impression that "more for you" must necessarily equal "less for me"

      How does the Republican Congress sit down with all the butthurt over taxing the wealthy?

      by athenap on Wed Jan 04, 2012 at 05:54:17 PM PST

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      •  There's a name for that (1+ / 0-)
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        It's called scarcity thinking.

        In the people book Peopleware by DeMarco and Lister, they mention the Spanish and English theories of economy.

        The Spanish theory states that there is a fixed amount of value in the world, and the best way to get rich is to get as much as possible for yourself with the minimum outlay. This is the basis of much of American commerce and the belief system (i.e., BS) of the 1%.

        The English theory, on then other hand, states that improvements in technology and working practices create more value. That way, there is more to share, which is called abundance thinking.

        The first lead to the sacking of the civilizations of South America, transfer of their gold to Europe, and an inflation rate in Spain in the thousands of percent. The second lead to the industrial revolution (where, unfortunately, the owners still subscribed to the Spanish theory).

        Which kind of world would you like to live in?

        FOSI: Full Of Shit Information - Both my sister and I are trivia freaks...

        by Spoc42 on Thu Jan 05, 2012 at 06:24:07 AM PST

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