Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
This is one of the next installments I was planning -I was going to talk about sustainability.
Although by that I understood not only with regards to natural resources but also avoiding systemic failures (such as unchecked compound interest).

Not being productivists is clearly a major common factor in ET.

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Gandhi

by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on Wed Sep 29th, 2010 at 05:24:19 PM EST
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Not being productivists

slackers inc.

hey, trying to stay abreast of current events is hard work!

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Wed Sep 29th, 2010 at 05:45:46 PM EST
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"trying to stay abreast of current events is..." is largely an unpaid civic duty not included in GDP or GNP. That duty, like the raising and socialization of children, is crucial to the survival of a democratic society, but is an externality from the point of view of Classical or Neo-Classical Economics. But then business is the staunchest bastion of autocratic rule in our society and is often defended on grounds of economic efficiency, regardless of the facts and business has often enough been quite happy in the embrace of authoritarians and fascists.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Oct 2nd, 2010 at 08:06:27 PM EST
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... if the material life and material opportunities facing the worst off is, in some sense, good enough, then there are other things to pursue: there is no single measuring stick that can be used to weight and measure all things that make of quality of life.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.
by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Wed Sep 29th, 2010 at 11:36:54 PM EST
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