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  •  If only that were it. The more discouraging (4+ / 0-)

    truth is that human elites intentionally create scarcity where none actually exists in order to maintain power.

    We produce twice the calories we need to adequately feed all human beings every year.  But 17,000 children die every day from malnutrition.

    I can think of no clearer example of why the current system cannot address climate change.  Our elites see the crisis that climate chaos will cause as nothing more than a means to increase their proportionate power.

    btw- Concerning human nature.   Time and again when women have been provided free choice (or relatively free choice) about their own reproduction they have averaged 2 children each or less.

    Humans will manage our reproduction to preserve our resources.  You'll find in most hunter gatherer societies that women partly decide how long to breast feed based on available resources, and that they will use other methods including "rhythm planning", herbal substances, and even infanticide to reduce the number of children they have when times are hard.

    "I read New republic and Nation/I've learned to take every view.." P. Ochs

    by JesseCW on Sat Nov 30, 2013 at 04:19:36 PM PST

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    •  real scarcities do exist (3+ / 0-)

      I mean, if not we would be in paradise and there would be no problems of any kind whatsoever.

      But because scarcities can be very destructive, we are conditioned by evolution to be very afraid of them. This makes it easy for people to convince others that there is a scarcity where none actually exists.

      Take one of the worst fake scarcities, the idea that money can be scarce. (It can for an individual, of course, but not for the sovereign government that prints it).

      Because we conflate money with wealth, we are convinced that the government can run out of money. Because it's true that wealth can be scarce. But money's just a way of keeping score.

      However, it's convenient to pretend that money is scarce, so they can impose austerity on us.

      By contrast, the scarcity of rare earth elements is a real scarcity. It means we're going to have to either ration our electronic gadgets very severely, which would put a serious crimp on our civilization. Or we're going to have a crash.

      Powerful people can manipulate both fake and real scarcities to achieve their goals. So either way, really, we're screwed.

      "In America, the law is king." --Thomas Paine

      by limpidglass on Sat Nov 30, 2013 at 05:15:36 PM PST

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