reply to post by CosmicEgg
I agree with your idea. Completely. I already live that way for the most part. I keep my cars forever, and just maintain them. I like simple
things. I read. I dont carry a cell phone and aside from my desktop, I own no gadgets. Not because I couldnt afford them, I just dont need them.
I like good quality food, so I spend more there than necessary, but I also grow things in season because I like high quality food.
But I think we do need to make some structural changes to our nation. Including out lawing the corporate form. It was totally designed to shift the
costs and liability of doing business off onto someone else while maximizing profits. Thats not ok in society. People need to be held accountable
for the things they do to make a buck. The free market doesnt work as intended when you allow the corporate form into it. It SEEMS to, for a while,
but it isnt sound long term strategy. Nor is globalization.
The last economic collapse occurred during a push to greater globalization, and it was the return to protectionism that pulled us out of it.
Economists dont all agree with that, they blame protectionism for the collapse in some cases, but I completely disagree. And whats happening now
bears out my belief not theirs. This time, there was no move to protect, and it crashed again. Its just not a workable strategy. Nations need to
compete. And businesses and industry needs to have their fate tied to the fate of a nation, or they will be incentivized to plunder it and work to
undermine its government, much like you see happening now.
Its a long argument, but its based in reality, unlike the economic theories that keep destroying our economies.
Anyway. I agree with you. I just think we need to take it much further than just making personal choices. We need to choose collectively to be a
nation, and fight for ourselves as a collective. Not fight as in war, necessarily, but that too if necessary. But fight to rebuild our economy and
our society in such a way that people matter. That the nation itself matters. And we need to stop pretending that what really matters are the mega
wealthy, be they individuals, dynasties, or corporations who have no reciprocal loyalty to the nation and her people.
We have been supporting the interests of those whose only interest is themselves. And loyalty that is not reciprocated is the highest form of
stupidity. The people we bailed out are doing great. Making record profits, and doing nothing to help us out of the bind we got into saving them.
We need to wise up.