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  •  sorry for the lengthy, obtuse screed (3+ / 0-)
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    I guess what I meant to say is that consumption is the primary focus of human activity and it is all about competition and not cooperation, and until the behavior of humans begins to sincerely demonstrate that value is being placed upon the cooperative aspects of life and living, all we will have is a spectacular race to separation, desperation and extinction at every meaningful level of human experience.

    "Some of you are going to die... martyrs, of course, to the Freedom that I will provide!"

    by emperor nobody on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 01:07:29 AM PDT

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    •  I don't think that consumption (2+ / 0-)
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      and consumerism are the same thing. Consumption is a necessary fact of life and human history. Consumerism is a modern creation. An innovation of capitalist development. Ascribing it to "human nature" is anachronistic.

      That said, there's no question that it is corrosive to social cohesion and collective action.

      Nothing human is alien to me.

      by WB Reeves on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 01:20:34 AM PDT

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      •  yeah you right, I meant consumerism (1+ / 0-)
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        I used them as equivalent or synonymous when they are not, good catch WB :)

        "Some of you are going to die... martyrs, of course, to the Freedom that I will provide!"

        by emperor nobody on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 01:23:04 AM PDT

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