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In fact, as less and less stuff becomes available people will be forced off "stuff" as a status market, and access to "stuff" (concentrated natural resources) will be the mark of the superwealthy.

The problem is that the efficacy of "stuff" as a status differentiator is correlated with its scarcity.  If everyone can have it, it is no good for denoting relative status.  If it is exclusive to a few - whether the super wealthy, ruthless, talented, or lucky - then it has value as a status differentiator.

The fact that elephant tusks are getting scarcer just makes them more valuable.

notes from no w here

by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Jan 12th, 2009 at 10:36:10 AM EST
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Stuff, especially exotic pseudo-magical stuff, is a useful differentiator. But it's still some way down the totem pole.

There's more about that in Pt 2, as and when.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Mon Jan 12th, 2009 at 11:27:42 AM EST
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Well there is always this:

Policies not Politics
---- Daily Landscape

by rdf (robert.feinman@gmail.com) on Mon Jan 12th, 2009 at 11:59:46 AM EST
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