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Is anyone here going to stop bashing the austerity drive? It's actually the right solution, but it has to include everyone, almost a communist system. Ready to think about that seriously, or are your minds closed?

Even if it included everyone I would not agree, because what austerity means is to underuse the one resource we have plenty of. It is also a underutilisation and destruction of capital as it is not maintained.

What we need is to use less raw materials, in a way that optimises useful output/resource used. That means letting people work and taking care of the capital we have.

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by A swedish kind of death on Tue Nov 8th, 2011 at 02:27:23 PM EST
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A swedish kind of death:
What we need is to use less raw materials, in a way that optimises useful output/resource used. That means letting people work and taking care of the capital we have.

i agree with both of you. if austerity were a burden shared fairly, all the cuts would not be on services for the weakest parts of society, pensions etc.

the real austerity, as you cogently point out, needs to come with regard to our profligate waste of precious resources, and our criminally irresponsible, ecocidal sidebarring of green initiatives in favour of the vested interests of fossil fuel producers and middlemen, who have captured the political forces responsible for guiding us towards a wiser energy policy and greater environmental awareness.

so you're both right!

 

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by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Tue Nov 8th, 2011 at 02:50:14 PM EST
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