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  •  Mother Earth Is Only So Big (5+ / 0-)
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    disrael, jay23, FinchJ, judyms9, RosyFinch

    The author of this excellent post points out one result of the magical thinking he describes.

     

    As our military, financial, heath care and other industries grow a point of diminishing returns and exponential costs is reached.  A natural political divide has formed between people who would like to ignore this reality and people who don't.

    Why is this true?

    Because our economy is based on the childlike belief that resources are infinite.  In our economy MONEY will buy you as much as you want.  Make enough MONEY and you can buy ANYTHING.

    This is not true.  The earth is finite.  We have the evidence:

    Peak Oil

    Water Shortages and widespread droughts.

    Environmental Degradation

    7+ billion human animals eating 2,000 kilo-calories per day

    Climate Change

    Etc.

    Many have chosen to believe these facts cannot be true, largely because of a chosen scientific, political, and economic ignorance.  A simple and mature conclusion is demanded by these facts:

    We must figure out a way to organize our society and economy democratically, so that population growth is controlled.  We must also educate, research, design, and engineer our way to a RATIONAL and sustainable future, starting yesterday.

    Labor was the first price paid for all things. It was not by money, but by labour, that all wealth of the world was originally purchased. - Adam Smith

    by boatwright on Sat Mar 26, 2011 at 10:44:47 AM PDT

    •  glamorizing the life boats (0+ / 0-)

      one population segment starts to pull away from the rest on this shrinking island... naturally that segment does not want to look back or feel much empathy outside that segment

      For this to be work old-fashioned class distinctions are not required - just that everyone fantasizes and identifies with that lucky "in" crowd

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