Gerry Canavan

the smartest kid on earth


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It seems likely to me that at some point in the postwar era, the world had actually collectively created something like “the material conditions for full communism” — but powerful people made choices that led to a voluntary continuation of the logic of scarcity even when we were no longer physically constrained by actual-existing scarcity. The result has been a squandering of those resources in such a way as to set up environmental catastrophes that will almost certainly return us to a condition of real scarcity.

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  1. Was the first link (on the italicized quote about full communism & material scarcity) supposed to go to the Wall Street Journal essay “The New Asylums: Jails Swell With Mentally Ill”? I can’t tell because the WSJ piece is paywalled, but that’s where the link is going now. Is that right?

    Stephen Frug

    September 26, 2013 at 10:09 pm

  2. Ok, a little googling, and I think I see the right link:
    …and I’ve now seen the second WSJ link, on an appropriate piece, confirming my priors that that was a mixup and not some strange piece of communist propaganda to somehow infiltrate America’s business paper. (Although didn’t Cockburn or somebody used to have a column in it?)

    Stephen Frug

    September 26, 2013 at 10:13 pm

  3. Fixed!


    September 26, 2013 at 10:18 pm

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