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The Economy

Speaking of the economy, I once read the following in a cartoon by Tom Toles.

TV: More good news for the economy.

Man in Chair: YAY!

TV: Worker productivity is up again

Man: YAY.

TV: meaning workers are producing more without having to be paid more.

Man: Yippee.

TV: Where will it all end?

Man (slumped over): Zzz.

I've also encountered the same thought in reverse. One time, I was actually discussing anti-consumerism with someone in person, and he said we couldn't all stop consuming, because the economy would collapse. That doesn't strike me as a very satisfactory kind of economy to have!

I know I've read more than one science-fiction story in which people were required by law to consume a certain amount of goods, but I can't remember the names or authors at the moment. Sorry! I will have to add them later.

 

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  Anti-Consumerism
  On Cursing

@ October (2001)