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  •  We have plenty of resources (2+ / 0-)
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    MPociask, catadromous

    and the way economics ACTUALLY works is more people + more ideas = larger economy.. not this right wing idea that has taken over that the pie is X size and we must divide that up. Economists need to think like gardeners, not engineers.

    What we need are the political and social systems and ideas to make the system work.

    Free enterprise was a big step forward after feudalism died (free enterprise actually being the first system humanity had). But capitalism at its upper levels is just a new form of feudalism. And communism relies on absolute tyranny and will not work. Socialism solves some of the problems of capitalism but is counter to free enterprise and has its own problems, some as bad as capitalisms worst.

    We need great thinkers and revolutions. We need evolution in our social systems. The problem is every nation  and most of the wests population will fight to the death to stop that evolution.

    Our only other hope is space.. and it is the left that is stopping that hope. Free enterprise in space. Unlimited energy. Unlimited raw material . Unlimited space to work in. And no matter how big the human population.. human beings will always be scarce and in demand.

    A man is born as many men but dies as a single one.--Martin Heidegger

    by cdreid on Tue Oct 29, 2013 at 11:42:43 PM PDT

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    •  Space will be important . . . (2+ / 0-)
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      cdreid, melo

      But today we are on the most marvelous blue speck and it has resources and opportunities to last, well, almost forever if we treat it well. Stewardship must improve, but our most diffcult challenges are social and intrapsychic.

      Technology allows us to create more from less and that trend will continue. Material abundance is attainable, just distribution is the knotty problem. We have allowed the "owners" to define productivity in their own interest and to dictate the rules of the game. They apportion to themselves the fruits of an extremely productive society, a whole society, and mystification and the manufacture of consent make this possible.

      I like Bucky Fuller's formulation of our task, creating an opperating manual for Spaceship Earth. We are behind the curve and need to step up our game.

      •  Sadly the world (0+ / 0-)

        and most importantly of all the US has fully embraced immorality and corruption. By that i dont mean who you sleep with or blablabla. I mean we base our system around the idea that if someone isnt cheating .... they are a failure. We rewards the cheats in business and wall street and by doing so punish those who do business ethically. We punish honest politicians by making the underhanded, immoral methods and open selling of votes profitable.

        Yes it is mostly right wing ideology but it is the upper class left too. The social extremist econo conservative left that worships wall street while screaming in agony that someone might eat meat or own a gun.

        We need a revolutionary change in or sociopolitical systems. And it wont happen in the US. The US is on the fast track to a third world nation.. or rather nations because i fully expect it to break up into smaller nations once it finally fails. And it is in its death throws now. The irony is that lefties from cali and ny and the northeast secretly cheer that as do the righties from the deep south and west. And those very people will all pay the worst penalty because despite their delusions they the most dependant on a united states and its federal government. In 100 years california will be the desert it started as and ny will be the hong kong of the americas. I shudder to think what will happen to the deep south as the population increases, federal help and interstate commerce dies and the population continues to rise

        A man is born as many men but dies as a single one.--Martin Heidegger

        by cdreid on Thu Oct 31, 2013 at 01:01:00 AM PDT

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