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Old 10-10-2019, 02:02 PM   #7396 (permalink)
redpoint5
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"Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except for all those other forms that have been tried..." - Churchill

Same thing with Capitalism; it's an imperfect system with imperfect laborers and executives, regulated by imperfect politicians, and supported by imperfect consumers.

We both agree that capitalism does tend to be at odds with the goal of resource conservation. Massive Socialism or implementation of Communism would achieve the goal of reducing resource consumption because it would severely stifle the economy in general.

I'm sure there's a better scheme out there, but I have no idea what it is.

I tend to believe technology will solve greater and greater problems. Resource consumption is only a problem because we lack the knowhow to turn material A into material B, or do so affordably. That problem will likely be more solvable when we can harness the vast amounts of energy that are just outside our abilities to utilize at a large scale, and affordably. There's a chance that we never harness energy as dense and cheap as fossil fuels, but I think that's a low probability.
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