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feeding and educating my kids is greed

Posted by: Gee ( si ) on April 26, 1999 at 14:43:55:

In Reply to: I was hoping you'd say exactly this posted by Lark on April 26, 1999 at 14:02:46:

: Yeah right Gee, I was hoping you'd say exactly this, your a big fan of "Rational self interest" right EG Greed no matter how much you've got you've got to have more, right?

Rational self interest is doing what you believe is in your best interest. As most peoples interests centre around their own life and the welfare of their loved ones (rather than making the purchase of the latest BMW a primary goal), then I suggest 'greed' is indeed good. Irrational could be acts such as taking food from your sons mouth to feed a stranger you dont value, enrolling in a second rate school and spending the 'surplus' on something you dont value etc etc. I think you get the idea - you endeavour to enhance what you value.

: I'd like to point out that this is a really popular theory with some neo-liberal free market scum capitalists.

Feeling angry today? Its Popular because looking after your interests is the normal behaviour for humans.

: I mean do people stop working currently the minute they earn enough to live?

No 'libertarian' economist, psychologist or philosopher has suggested so.

: Reasonable, reasonable, I'm in revolt against reason


: Before you think you where right about socialism all along I'm joking.

Thought so!

: What you say is true but it has been taken to an extreme by capitalism. Wealth, at least that acquired by the working class, is the result of self-sacrfiice

People dont sacrifice what they value for what they dont unless they are insance, or working at the behest of state socialism.

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