Monday, November 24, 2008

Very Important Video

Jamie had this posted. It is very worth watching.



In my experience 'stuff' is the most stressful aspect of my life. Would love to hear your thoughts.

6 comments:

byron smith said...

I don't think I'll be sleeping tonight. You need a warning on that video. Scary stuff.

titaniumtux said...

It's not the materials economy, it's a beautiful supply chain! Alas it's not quite a linear system, and the planet is as finite as time is finite. Optimizing that supply chain reduces inefficiencies and keeps goods affordable for all.

Ah, tell a South Korean that military funding during the Korean war was a waste of tax money...

Hehe, personally I've seen a substantial reduction in my "stuff" storage since I've been storing all my "stuff" (notes I used to stack on paper, music I used to stack on CD's, etc.) on my homebrewed server.

As for pollution, we've been substantially improving. So it was told in the 70's that we wouldn't live to this day. We've succeeded at reducing pollution.

Well, who doesn't believe in affordable goods? Sweatshops are often better than domestic alternatives, and that means we also can save a bit more cash by supporting free trade.

Maybe she's an Apple/laptop user...you can easily change one piece of a comp is quite easy on a desktop.

One of Freedom said...

There is nothing beautiful about this. When did affordable goods become synonymous with quality of life?

I would challenge you to do some research into pollution. We are losing species at an alarming rate. We constantly have issues with garbage - try telling a Mexican living in our trash that we are doing better. It is far from a success story.

I can't believe you are advocating sweat shops. I thought Roman Catholics valued life? Or is it just your own comfort that you value?

The computer bit was a bit cheesy. But to be fair in all the years I worked in IT I bought at least one computer each year. I still have most of them. Everytime I've thought about upgrading something more significant than memory it was cheaper to buy a whole new machine (which becomes obsolete as I loaded it in my car!).

byron smith said...
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byron smith said...

Hehe, personally I've seen a substantial reduction in my "stuff" storage since I've been storing all my "stuff" (notes I used to stack on paper, music I used to stack on CD's, etc.) on my homebrewed server.
But did more resources (energy, materials, labour, pollution) go into producing your server or the paper and CDs it replaced?

I don't believe in "affordable" goods where the real cost comes in human lives or environmental degradation. I want to pay more and own less if others can live as a result.

One of Freedom said...

Joel,

I know you have a real strong bias against anything remotely communist or socialist, but you need to be careful that you don't reject those by turning capitalism into an idol. All economic systems have serious problems that cannot be overcome unless we bring contrasting views in as a source of critical examination. That is why I have been arguing that Marx's analysis is so important in our day. It is not that I am a communist, I'm just a realist who wants to have a future to offer my children.