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  •  Masterful job of ignoring those "externalities" (1+ / 0-)
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    But, on that basis, capitalism seems to have been doing a pretty masterful job of coping with the non-sustainability.
    Yes, the slag heaps, the rubble fields, destruction, tip piles, poisoned land and water, tip piles, settling ponds, abandoned buildings, abandoned waste, deforestation, all masterfully dealt with by the captains of industry, who cheerfully up-stakes and sail away to where the natives don't know what to expect...yet...and where they've already bought the co-operation of their new vassals (Saudi, how I love ya...).

    "Non-sustainability" (clumsy word, that) is so not a problem once you unleash the power of capital to walk away and let communities starve - with a song in their hearts, no doubt, and nary a backward glance or a 'thanks for all the fish'.

    Lots of people have been preaching doom on this front for an awfully long time.
    What, you haven't seen any of it?  Any sign of it?
    Do you not get out of your usual rounds much?

    Seems to me socialism is like good ol' Andy Hardy:  "hey, kids, if we all chip in, and pitch in, we can put on our own show!"  Community self-government for the general welfare, not the especial protection of the wealthy.

    Capitalism comes across as pure Harkonnen:  "he who controls the spice controls the universe!"  Money and power for their own sake - to that end, spare no expense and get it all...but not a dime for those pesky externalities.  The total fuck-you package.

    We are talking now of mining asteroids, after all.
    Yeah, what could POSSIBLY go wrong with that?

    I am a leaf on the wind - i hover, twirl, float,
    Weightless, frictionless, I fly

    by chmood on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 04:42:43 PM PDT

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