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  •  Wow... (3+ / 0-)
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    scionkirk, lucid, Seattle Mark

    Demand satisfaction is not the goal of capitalism, but demand creation.

    That is so true.  I can't get over it...

    Flashy adds for crap you don't need? Demand Creation.

    Shitty products that break quickly? Demand Creation.

    Its all about businesses trying to dream up a way to make you THINK you need something...  

    Its all about manipulating you to force you to use something... like oil...  and then controlling the price to achieve maximum profit.

    The real question is... how do we SATISFY Demand.

    •  think about this (3+ / 0-)
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      wu ming, lucid, nhcollegedem

      what if all of a sudden, everyone had everything they needed, and everyone was happy with what they had?  There would be mass chaos and pandemonium and complete economic breakdown.

      Recovering Intellectual. 12 days stupid.

      by scionkirk on Thu Jan 18, 2007 at 11:24:24 PM PST

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      •  Capitalism (1+ / 0-)
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        lucid

        is built on the idea that this will never happen.

        It won't... people will always need food, water, ect.  

        But one wonders how much of what we have we don't really need...

        •  But Capitalism (1+ / 0-)
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          neroden

          is precisely built on the idea that it will happen. It is the idea of infintie growth upon which both Smithian and Marxian views of capitalism rest.

          Both are a lie. And I say this openly in a diary defending Marx.

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