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Autor:  pat
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Data:  13/MAI/2003 5:40 PM
Assunto:  Re: Mr Roberto and Brown
 
Mensagem:  Thanks for the compliment, Miguel. I just read a good essay at unquietmind.com/materialism. It reminded me that the craving for "things" is equally strong at both extremes: poverty and affluence; those in the middle, with the necessaries of life but not a great deal more or less, tend to be not very materialistic in general. So raising the standard of living for the poor would decrease materialism and eventually lower consumption among the rich as well. I urge you to read an outstanding book, one that revolutionized my understanding of economics: "Progress and Poverty", written in the 1890's by a genius thinker named Henry George. It is probably out of print, but your school library my well have it or be able to get it - and you can read the first chapters at henrygeorge.org. This book touched of a Socialist movement in this country in the early 1900's that was suppressed by force. It suggests a simple but spectacular change in taxation to solve the problem of poverty: charging a relatively high yearly fee for the privilege of controlling raw resources, that is, large holdings of land, timber, minerals, etc. that are the necessary ingredients of all wealth. Currently and throughout history, people have been allowed to hold these resources for a comparatively tiny purchase price and an even tinier yearly tax. Henry George suggests that this is the root cause of poverty and dis-enfranchisement of labor (and thusly, people), because without access to resources, labor can often be devalued to little or nothing. Of course, the powerful will always resist any scheme of high taxation to be expressly used for the relief of the poor. That is why the poor periodically rise up and take the resources by force. But a new class of wealthy and powerful always rise up and the cycle repeats. Depressing, isn't it? Read on!


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Mr Roberto and Brown  –  Miguel Vieira  13/MAI/2003, 2:46 PM
 Re: Mr Roberto and Brown  –  pat  13/MAI/2003, 5:40 PM
Re: Mr Roberto and Brown  –  Miguel Vieira  14/MAI/2003, 8:37 PM
Re: Mr Roberto and Brown  –  pat  14/MAI/2003, 10:25 PM
Re: Mr Roberto and Brown  –  Miguel Vieira  15/MAI/2003, 3:26 PM
Re: Mr Roberto and Brown  –  patrick  16/MAI/2003, 8:16 AM
Re: Mr Roberto and Brown  –  Miguel Vieira  16/MAI/2003, 2:39 PM
Re: Mr Roberto and Brown  –  pat  16/MAI/2003, 3:25 PM
Re: Mr Roberto and Brown  –  Miguel Vieira  17/MAI/2003, 3:04 PM
Re: Mr Roberto and Brown  –  pat  18/MAI/2003, 8:23 AM
Re: Mr Roberto and Brown  –  Miguel Vieira  18/MAI/2003, 3:16 PM
Re: Mr Roberto and Brown  –  pat  19/MAI/2003, 8:01 AM
Re: Mr Roberto and Brown  –  José Roberto  14/MAI/2003, 1:50 PM

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