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You cannot eat money, or make clothes, or build a house out of it.

In this day and age when it is politically correct to be out of work and complain on being hard up I propose to reflect whether this widely proclaimed poverty is real or faked. If it is MONEY that you are after, then I have no remedy. You will be poor (in the sense that you have not enough) forever. If however you are able bodied and need food, shelter and security for yourself and your loved ones, and live in a town or a city and no-one wants to employ you and pay you for your work enough to cover your basic needs, then move to the country, grab the fork and shovel and produce your own kitchen veggies, keep a pork or two and some chickens. Chances are someone will help you build a decent house in exchange for the food which you have in excess. I agree individual small scale farming and husbandry is not efficient, but who wants the efficient when clearly efficiency does not prevent hunger and what is more is directly the cause of so much unemployment. Believe me, you will be happy as a lark provided it is not money that is your object in life!

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  • Feb 7 2013: Money is just book-keeping, basically. A clever invention to facilitate people's life choices. So that everybody is not required to spend a lot of time hoeing beans etc. Not that I have any thing other than respect for people who do. But I remember a song from WW1: "How are you going to keep them down on the farm, after they've seen Paree?" It is quite wrong to say that efficency doesn't prevent hunger; it is a "necessary but not sufficient" thing. Without efficency, and cheap and plentiful energy, it is not possible to live a civilised life, unless you are a very non-typical person. If you look at the history over thousands of years, it is clear that people have always "migrated" to where there was a better lifestyle when they had the chance, or the need. Subsistance agriculture is only fun if you don't have to do it.We are at a critical period right now. In the West, we have had a pretty comfortable time of it, relativelly, because of the Industrial Revolution and cheap coal and oil. Now that is playing out. But there is a viable alternative in existence. Nuclear Fission power is a million times more "Energy Dense" that coal or oil. And it is not necessary to use the common, obselete Uranium LWR Fukushima type reactors which are so scary and troublesome. The Thorium Liquid Fureled Reactlor (LFTR) is not widely known , but it should be , for a great mnay reasons. Thorium is so cheap, and powerful, that it could make a civlised life possible for everyone on the planet. And note that civilised nations really do not have overpopulation problems to nullufy this, either.

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