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  •  No Understanding Whatsoever...................... (1+ / 0-)
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    Zobo the Clown

    The only reason the Soviets lasted as long as they did was due to the natural resources which financed their short term utopia. The Soviet Union died a horrible (or wonderful) death. Oh, BTW which communist regime has ever actually been successful?
    Mankind is hardwired with capitalist genes. I think you should change the topic to Extremely Abrupt Climate Change; it could make all the difference.
    Isn't life wonderful??

    •  Everybody's got the mystery ALL wrapped up -- (0+ / 0-)

      all they need to do is banish those unsightly facts.

      Mankind is hardwired with capitalist genes.

      Then why is capitalism only three hundred years old, as opposed to the 100,000 year old human race?

      And what about womankind?  

      "The old is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms appear." -- Gramsci

      by Cassiodorus on Thu Sep 24, 2009 at 10:29:18 PM PDT

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      •  300 years old? (1+ / 0-)
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        Zobo the Clown

        Owning, borrowing, and paying a little sweetener to get the loan goes back forever.

        Lots of our oldest written records are about trade and ownership.

        The only way "300 years" comes into play is that was when things started to get organized in the modern way.

        15 to 6. Pulled ahead as soon as the gate opened and never looked back....

        by BobTrips on Thu Sep 24, 2009 at 11:39:06 PM PDT

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        •  time frames, cultures, beliefs, possibilities (2+ / 0-)
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          Cassiodorus, C Barr

          Cassiodorus, it's actually 200,000 years. :)

          As I recall, our oldest written records cover less than 5% of that 200,000 year period.

          Anthropologists who study indigenous cultures have observed other ways that humans can interact and other ways that humans can accomplish shared goals.

          It's that last part that inspires me to think about what might be possible, regardless of the constraints our hyper-industrial culture trains us to believe.

          Cheers

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