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And I'm arguing that the persistence of wasteful economic behavior with auto mobiles and transportation has a lot more to do about conveying social status to others rather than any utility to accrues to the individual.

Of course, consumption is a way of showing off. So what alternative do you suggest?

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by Martin (weiser.mensch(at)googlemail.com) on Wed Jul 16th, 2008 at 11:23:09 AM EST
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Well, showing off by having time to spend with your loved ones seems like a good way. Of course, once something becomes a way to show off, you'll have the biznizmen move in and try to biznizize it - hence the coaches and lifestyle magazines and other BS we get these years.

But when it comes to ways of showing off, I'll take lifecoaching over SUVs and SUVs over rhinocerous hunting any day of the week.

- Jake

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Wed Jul 16th, 2008 at 11:31:41 AM EST
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