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Old 05-09-2008, 01:28 AM   #30 (permalink)
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I think oil's real value has slightly risen while American purchasing power has significantly declined. Viewed as a pure barter system, an American now has to pay more stuff (time, effort, goods, etc.) to buy a gallon of gas. Oil's "true" cost seems irrelevant, at least where it matters most.

This thread has made me think: Why is an American's day spent digging ditches worth more than an African's day spent digging ditches?

Like oil, the ability of someone to purchase a commodity seems arbitrary when viewed at the world-scale. Equality seems to be the slippery soap of human society. Any enlightening articles would be appreciated.

- LostCause

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