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No single change can fix all the problems at once.

True, but one basic philosophical change could make 80% of the problems come into focus. That is the idea that minimizing resource consumption/destruction should be the guiding principle for longevity of any system.

Government is really the System for managing future resources in order to provide for sustainability of the future Commons. Cost of government should be directly proportioned to the consumption of resources, and should not create increased resource consumption (...)

The income tax, the patent system, and the military industrial complex are all philosophically premised upon Manifest Destiny type empire-building and expansion in a world of SEEMINGLY infinite resources.

AS we watch the financial markets melt in the coming weeks, lets reflect upon our own children's needs and what we would like them to create in the future with the resources they will have available, and not allow politicians to blow smoke up our arses about Drug Wars, Abortion debates, Health Insurance for Insurance companies, and Terror Threat Levels while they collect millions of dollars to just keep their mouths shut when the Corporatocracy wants cash funneled into the Bahamas.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Wed Aug 15th, 2007 at 01:40:46 PM EST

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