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  •  Fear and a smaller economic pie. (2+ / 0-)
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    greengemini, thomstark

    Easier to be compassionate and generous when there's more than enough to go around.

    As world population continues to grow, as well as per capita consumption, the pie slices are going to become slivers.  Which will generate a lot of hostile competition for those slivers.

    •  I diagree somewhat on this one... (1+ / 0-)
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      lurkyloo

      I think the economic pie is artificially constrained by the 1%.  Total world wide energy consumption is something like 0.3% of total yearly solar energy at the Earth's surface.  Photosynthetic energy consumed as food by humans accounts for another 0.3%-ish.  Geothermal energy under the United States is mulitiple times US electricity consumption.  So, there is plenty of energy.  In addition, there is plenty of labor to make stuff with 20% under-employment in the US and much higher unemployment in Europe and other countries.

      Most of economic production is the added value people put into turning raw material into something the other part is energy of which I have already asserted there is plenty.  So, we have a significant chunk of worldwide economic capability sitting idle for what purpose?  Mostly, to keep the wealthy rich by keeping wages low.

      Put people to work and see what we could create.

      •  I totally agree. And there is plenty of work (0+ / 0-)

        to do.  We have a crumbling infrastructure that needs rebuilt and schools and communities that need help.  I was hoping when Obama came in we'd get another New Deal, with jobs created to build roads, repair and replace sewer and water lines, improve schools and improve national parks and monuments.  If we had done that, maybe we'd all be in a better place today.  There is alot of work that needs doing.

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