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  •  Your assumption is teleological. (0+ / 0-)

    There is no reason for most of the accoutrements of our high standard of living other than buying and selling of said accoutrements, and there certainly is nothing that says that we have to buy immediately degradable and cheap ass plastic that won't last a season's worth of use.

    But capitalism says we must.

    Who says a better standard of living means having more things? Capitalists, that's who.

    Who says having a higher standard of living says we will use more dirty fossil fuel or dangerous nuclear energy? Capitalists, that's who.

    Who says we can't spare the tens of billions of dollars to feed the planet? Capitalists, that's who.

    I'm not saying moving to a sustainable economy it's easy, I'm saying it's possible.

    Democracy - 1 person 1 vote. Free Markets - More dollars more power.

    by k9disc on Sun Jan 19, 2014 at 08:43:36 AM PST

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      Capitalism doesn't "say" anything. It's not a person.

      Who says a better standard of living means having more things? Capitalists, that's who.
      Everybody says that, and bear it out in their personal choices of how to live their lives. Besides, what "things" are you claiming we don't need? Pots? Pipe organs? Shoes? iPads?

      The things you blame "capitalism" for are just ordinary human nature.

      (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
      Leadership doesn't mean taking a straw poll and then just throwing up your hands. -Jyrinx

      by Sparhawk on Sun Jan 19, 2014 at 11:26:56 AM PST

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