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What you say about efficiencies brings to mind something that has been floating around in my head for a while.

Economists and whatnot always talk about efficiencies, market efficiency and whatnot, and at every turn it seems this entails fewer people working.  One conclusion to draw from this is that the survival of people in general depends upon in-efficiency.  The more efficient the system, the more it keeps its money to itself, without distributing it to the various people who, you know, need to live and all.

Economic in-efficiency makes mom and pop stores possible, makes small communities possible, makes retail diversity possible.  In-efficiency gives people jobs.

Considerings it's always the big actors arguing that we need to get more efficient, to introduce market efficiencies and whatnot, is almost reason enough to oppose "efficiency," but thinking about it in these terms makes the whole concept utterly diabolic.

by Zwackus on Tue Feb 6th, 2007 at 07:36:29 PM EST
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