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I think about this topic often. Can we do to change this situation? There are many ways, but to start with requires a government that is willing to address tis honestly. Like, for instatnce, taxing the hell out of the rich (in the US, for sure...).

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia
by whataboutbob on Wed Nov 30th, 2005 at 03:48:14 AM EST
If we to believe the doomsday myths, the critical sorting out will be on moral grounds. Probably that's how survival of the moral works - the greedy civilisations and communities just down survive certain critical times somehow. It may make sense - if the environment becomes really tough ecologically and/or economically, the best chance for you to survive must be to live in a moral community.

The choices that governments make are, of course, part of the game. That's why it is important not to insist on exactly the same ideology everywhere - the best "theory" may look fantastic in short run, but disastrous somewhere along the way.

A good thing to do would be to educate the poor countries and communities, so that they would know basic economy, would be able to create their own opportunities, and withstand simplistic ideology pressures from outside. If the rich do not know when it is enough wealth for them, it is difficult to ask the poor not to frantically reach out for everything they might individually have. But a balanced attitude would provide them more options.

by das monde on Wed Nov 30th, 2005 at 04:54:15 AM EST
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