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this is also about managing rarity, and husbanding resources properly.

Efficiency is also about avoiding waste, which is a concept that is needed if you take sustainability seriously.

I think that nature is actually a lot more ruthless than any neo-lib when it comes to not wasting resources, or "putting them to use".

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Thu Jul 19th, 2007 at 03:37:08 AM EST
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That which is not used is not wasted.

People are not (human) resources.

Paraphrasing Kant, the foundation of ethics is that people are ends unto themselves, not means.

Sorry.

Can the last politician to go out the revolving door please turn the lights off?

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Jul 19th, 2007 at 03:43:46 AM EST
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In the movie Will Hunting Ben Affleck (the working class guy) tells Matt Damon (his mathematicla genius buddy) that if he still is doing construction work when he is [25 or some other age], he will perosnally kill him, because he owes it to him not to waste his talent like that.

Is that just Hollywood propaganda?

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Thu Jul 19th, 2007 at 05:23:37 AM EST
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Matt Damon's character also burns out and destroys his relationship with his girlfriend by the end of the movie. Remove the Hollywood happy ending and it's a pretty depressing movie.

Can the last politician to go out the revolving door please turn the lights off?
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Jul 19th, 2007 at 05:26:29 AM EST
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Oh, and the happy ending involves Will refusing lucrative work offers.

Can the last politician to go out the revolving door please turn the lights off?
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Jul 19th, 2007 at 05:29:56 AM EST
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