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  •  Capitalism requires perpetual growth, (20+ / 0-)

    so once you have strawberries in January, you have to replace it with something equivalent, or the economy suffers a downtick.  It isn't just the strawberries; we have to also replace the middlemen, the distribution system, the resources consumed, the advertising or else!

    That's why planned obsolescence is here to stay.  Even though it wastes resources, overburdens waste facilities, cheats the consumer and (unfairly) discredits American workers; it has been built into the economic structure and can't be reversed.

    What if they made a refrigerator that could last a lifetime and be bequeathed to the next generation?  They are certainly capable of doing so, but how can they ever sell another refrigerator?  

    Pure capitalism is simply not the right fit for the times, for the globe, for the environment, for the workers, for anyone - not even the capitalists, who seem completely oblivious to the self-destructiveness of continuing the path they are on, and oblivious to any alternative approach to management of the economy.

    In the end, all that anti-communist, anti-socialist propaganda; has come back to bite us all in the butt.

    Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth - Abraham Lincoln

    by Gustogirl on Thu Jan 20, 2011 at 06:40:01 AM PST

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    •  When capitalism doesn't get constant growth (4+ / 0-)
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      the corporations still want growing profits.  It used to be that manufacturers bore the full liability for their products and processes.  In order to make safer products and processes, they became regulated.  The tradeoff for being regulated was limited liability.  If a manufacturer could prove that it followed all safety regulations, then they were deemed not negligent and liability for punitive damages was diminished significantly.

      Corporations continue to push for no regulation, but they also want no liability.  It's one way to continue to reap profits in the face of stunted economic growth.

    •  Socialism seeks perpetual growth too. (0+ / 0-)

      And properly managed capitalism or socialism factors in economic costs of environmental damage.  Only Green asceticism is opposed to growth.

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