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  1. Jim Farmelant
    Jim Farmelant April 30, 2014 at 6:08 am | | Reply

    Michael makes an important point here concerning the economic necessity of waste under capitalism – a point that we might want to keep in mind on the fiftieth anniversary of the appearance of the book, Monopoly Capital, by Paul Sweezy and Paul Baran. In that book, the provided extensive discussions of the role that waste plays in the absorption of the surplus that capitalist economies generate. In Marx’s terminology, surplus consumption plays a vital role in the realization of surplus value.

  2. PeonInChief
    PeonInChief June 16, 2014 at 11:08 am | | Reply

    But you miss one of the main reasons that people buy houses. Being a tenant is precarious. In most parts of the US, you can be forced to move on short notice just because or have your rent increased or be forced to give up your pets. It isn’t just because people are into lawn care, but that they want to know that they won’t be uprooted on someone else’s whim.

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