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Of course. This is called being reality-based.

Homo Oeconomicus is not reality-based, by definition. The whole point of economic activity is to cheat the restrictions of reality and to maximise personal resource use. Excessive resource consumption and freedom from legal, moral and physical consequences is the entire point of wealth capture.

It's the most important sacrament of the capitalist religion. So in fact - and in reality - capitalism is rooted in the principle that the restrictions of physical and moral reality must only apply to the minimum possible extent to those individuals who define themselves as successful.

As long as you can buy something, you should be able to buy it, irrespective of the consequences.

As long as you can exploit something or someone, you should be able to exploit them.

It's incredibly stupid and brutal. But it's also the dominant Washington and Wall St religion.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Tue Aug 18th, 2009 at 07:39:58 AM EST
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