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We could probably string out 20 billion humans on a diet of 90 of rice and vegetables a day, but why? Shouldn't we be concerned about our collective quality of life?
Alternatively, it's not clear that the current low density of population is actually sufficient to ensure a reasonable quality of life either.

I have this image in my head of a pre-historic hunter-gatherer who's worrying how future people can stand living in cities, with their crazy indoor plumbing and prepackaged food available in giant walk-in refrigerators etc.

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by martingale on Mon Jan 12th, 2009 at 10:27:30 PM EST
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While you philosophers and elitists argue, I'm going to do something positive for us all. I'm going to invest my money in Sustaining Stocks~!

New Mutual Fund will be First in US to Track Dow Jones Sustainability Index


Never underestimate their intelligence, always underestimate their knowledge.

Frank Delaney ~ Ireland

by siegestate (siegestate or beyondwarispeace.com) on Tue Jan 13th, 2009 at 02:29:16 AM EST
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<sigh>

Most economists teach a theoretical framework that has been shown to be fundamentally useless. -- James K. Galbraith
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Jan 13th, 2009 at 02:34:54 AM EST
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