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  •  While it is true that (0+ / 0-)

    there is inequality of ability in an absolute biological sense, I think that also implies the question of 'ability to do what?'. Equality doesn't mean we all do the same thing equally - it means we treat each other & order our society so that each can be and 'end in themselves'. True human freedom is the ability to pursue and develop ones abilities - whatever they may be.

    Further, I don't buy that scarcity exists - especially within our current level of technological development. Scarcity is created to enslave the vast population of this planet to the few - it is created to reify an aristocratic hierarchy that governs our world. There is no shortage of food, shelter, energy - everything we need to live full lives. There are shortages created so that we have to sell ourselves to obtain such things. There will never be a global famine unless we screw up the planet entirely.

    •  Well, here we must part company. (0+ / 0-)

      Because, IMHO, no matter what causes it, or why, and whether it's on a local or a global level, if you're going to put together a new system, it has to be able to deal with scarcity - real, or only imagined - without falling apart.

      As for your last point - "There will never be a global famine unless we screw up the planet entirely." - well, climate change has the capacity to do that job pretty easily.  

      If you're actually trying to accomplish a transition to a different system, downplaying the real difficulties doesn't help.

      At least half the future I've been expecting hasn't gotten here yet. Sigh.... (Yes, there's gender bias in my name; no, I wasn't thinking about it when I signed up. My apologies.)

      by serendipityisabitch on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 11:53:03 AM PDT

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