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Changes [Jan. 11th, 2019|09:34 am]
Tony Grist
We all think consumerism has got out of hand, but when people spend less over Christmas it's reported as if it were something terrible.

We all want to cut pollution, but when a car manufacturer shuts down factories that produce cars that run on diesel that too is reported as a disaster.

Political upheaval is particularly frightening; we're all agreed that the rulers of the world are a frightful shower and the system that sustains them is corrupt and ineffectual, but when that system starts to fall apart we find it terrifying.

Change always comes with a cost- insecurity, loss of employment, loss of income, loss of life.

We all want a better world- but we don't want to belong to the generation that brings it about.
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[User Picture]From: matrixmann
2019-01-11 12:22 pm (UTC)
Problem with the car factories is: In the Western world, they deconstruct them, but then they rebuilt them somewhere in the third world where production only costs them peanuts compared to the homecountry and they can produce them there with much lower environment protection standards (if any at all).
So to say: It's not about producing any car less because that would be better for the earth, it's only about "How can we increase the profit range we gain from the selling?".
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-01-11 05:51 pm (UTC)
Yes indeed.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2019-01-11 01:20 pm (UTC)
The destruction of factories IS a disaster for the thousands of people who work in them. Many have worked in car factories for decades and have no hope of new jobs anywhere. The ideal would be to repurpose the factories to make less contaminating products and retain jobs but that costs lots of money and is not going to happen. Change should always come with a better alternative for all those involved.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-01-11 05:58 pm (UTC)
Oh, I agree.

I was thinking about Thatcher and the miners' strike- how it was inevitable that the mines would close- but nothing was done to help those communities adjust and transition.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2019-01-11 09:26 pm (UTC)
Yes, we have had and still have a similar situation with the mines here in Spain. And no, not much help has been extended to the mining communities, another tragedy for so many.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-01-12 04:51 pm (UTC)
It's a pattern being repeated all round the world as old, no-longer-viable industries wind down.
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[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2019-01-12 02:42 pm (UTC)
I must admit that even I have cut back on spending at Xmas Cannot afford it any more.

As for our leaders - well i find them detestable.

Edited at 2019-01-12 02:45 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-01-12 04:52 pm (UTC)
We may be spending more- but that's because grandchildren have arrived on the scene.
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