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While agreeing with you i think the (non)issue the article tackles is population shrinkage. We hear all too often the concerns that we (western countries) have aging populations, incapable of sustaining the Social State.

This in my view stems from an political/economic paradigm that can only function in perpetual growth. In it, perpetual growth is the alibi for not redistributing, ever, because you must first create wealth and only then, in the future, we can all live better lives.

All in all, as you point, is a matter of avoiding redistribution, that starts home and affects distant poor countries.

by Torres on Tue Sep 15th, 2009 at 11:16:25 AM EST
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Also, as long as there is growth the issue of redistribution can be avoided because there is the ability to give more to everyone out of the growing pot without the wealthy needing to share their existing wealth.

En un viejo país ineficiente, algo así como España entre dos guerras civiles, poseer una casa y poca hacienda y memoria ninguna. -- Gil de Biedma
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Sep 15th, 2009 at 11:38:14 AM EST
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Quite. And what you're describing is called class war, for short.
by Loefing on Tue Sep 15th, 2009 at 03:02:25 PM EST
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