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M: That's "dismantling it".

C: Which is code for reduce living standards to third world levels.

Dear friends, you know that I respect both of you highly, but those are just disingenuous comments. It might be that those things mean something entirely different to you than they mean in contemporary Swedish debate, like how we some months back found out that "competitiveness" meant completely different things to us. To me it meant a company that can successfully sell its products on the international markets, while to you it meant social retrenchments and neoliberal politics.

To me, cutting costs is nothing but the constant process of all businesses to lower the cost of their product through any means available, be it innovation, smarter organization, capital structure or whatever. Call it lean/kaizen or something else. It happens all the time in all companies to maintain their competitiveness. It's not about dismantling industry or introducing third world living standards.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.

by Starvid on Wed Dec 14th, 2011 at 08:58:31 AM EST
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