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  •  No, they're capitalism issues. (2+ / 0-)
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    "Population" is a symptom.  Capitalism is a cause.  People don't have babies heedlessly, as do many smaller mammals -- they have babies, like everything they do, in a social context.

    "If you sing a song a day, you will make a better way" -- Earth, Wind, and Fire

    by Cassiodorus on Sat Jan 18, 2014 at 09:00:11 PM PST

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    •  Interesting that you mention smaller mammals (0+ / 0-)

      This conversation had made me think of your "humans are adaptable" diary.  In a way, the basic divide is between those who think humans are just animals following blind instinct in completely predictable ways and those who think we enjoy a measure of choice over how we live.  The fundamental notion of capitalism, I have been thinking, rests on the assumption that humans are blindly self-centered and respond to the world like robots, so the best we can do is base an economic system on the unavoidable greed which fuels all human interaction.  If this tenet is true, then really there is not so much to regret over the perishing of yet another stupid, selfish species.  I disagree with that view.

      In this view, also, we find the belief expressed by Sparhawk, echoing Margaret Thatcher, that there is no such thing as society, just individuals and families, a notion thoroughly at odds with mountains of evidence.

      Secrecy is a hot bed of vanity. - Joseph Brodsky They who have put out the people’s eyes reproach them for their blindness. – John Milton 1642

      by geomoo on Sun Jan 19, 2014 at 03:44:55 PM PST

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