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  •  so long as our measures are primarily economic (11+ / 0-)

    we cannot "win" the argument

    we can point out that Costco gets a better return on investment than WalMart, but the Walton family will still be driven to drive down costs in order to maximize their profits

    Ultimately unbridled capitalism cannot survive, which is why it has to morph into something like fascism in the sense of corporate ontrol of the levers of governmental power, because absent those it will collapse.

    Individual are limited in how each of us can push back, given our limited purchasing power.

    But we still have political power if we organize to use it.  And political power SHOULD control economic power.

    Still, as individuals we can choose non-cooperation.

    If our only measure is going to be economic, then we get sucked into the destructive paradigm:  we will shop at the store that provides the lowest price without considering how those goods were produced or how the retailer treats its employees.

    If we step back and decide we are willing to pay a relatively small price now as an investment, or better a commitment, to a society not driven purely by the profit motive, we can be like drops of water, each of which has little visible impact, but when considered together over time can carve grand canyons from a rocky desert.

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 09:47:00 AM PDT

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