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  •  That is a good question (4.00)
    I, too, think Event Horizon is correct -- the business elite are thinking globally (in every respect except environmental) and simply don't care what happens to the American citizen/consumer because they see the dollar signs worldwide.

    From a purely economic standpoint this might be rational -- there is probably more profit to be made from selling everyone in the "third world" their first television, compared to attempting to sell overtapped Americans an upgrade to an EVEN BIGGER television.

    But that, too, has an endpoint -- at some point all the people in India and China will have bought a television too, we'll be right back where we started, only, with even more exhausted natural resources.

    The way they are playing this game, eventually, everybody loses. Maybe sooner, maybe later, but when you know that, you know it's not the way to go.

    What do we do about it? I think we craft our own vision of the future and sell it like crazy. The problem is, our OWN vision of the future -- which is necessarily enviornmentally sustainable -- ALSO involves a reduction in what we currently think of as "standard of living." Because our current definition involves things like a big house on a private lot and driving around a personal automobile.

     

    •  Fuck the future (none)
      But that, too, has an endpoint -- at some point all the people in India and China will have bought a television too, we'll be right back where we started, only, with even more exhausted natural resources.

      The way they are playing this game, eventually, everybody loses. Maybe sooner, maybe later, but when you know that, you know it's not the way to go.

      Sure and they've already factored that in too.  The typical member of this class of aristocrats though is a 55 year old male who figures he will be comfortably dead by the time any of the shit hits the fan.  Believe me the back room boys at the oil companies don't really think global warming is a myth even though their glossy magazine ads say it is.  I've known a few such people.  Many have a truly radical sort of selfishness that goes beyond the normal kind we all show and extends even to not really giving a shit about the lives of their own children or even the fate of Homo Sapiens itself.  Apres moi le deluge is their motto.  Fuck the future for those who don't like Froggish.

      Then did he raise on high the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch, saying, "Bless this, O Lord, that with it thou mayst blow thine enemies to tiny bits, in thy mercy."

      by Event Horizon on Thu Oct 13, 2005 at 07:53:05 AM PDT

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      •  great quote (none)
        I had Marketplace on the other day, and whoever they were interviewing had a great quote:

        "Long term thinking in the corporate world is 'what's for lunch?'"

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