I submit that long term thinking must employ humans to improve the resources of the planet they depend upon, rather than to extract resources for simplistic economic models (capitalism or socialism). The opposite of capitalism is not socialism; it’s sales taxes that reflect the cost to the future of resources used in making, obtaining and securing a product. The anthropocentrism of historical philosophy is coming to an end as nature breaks through the walls of civilization (humanity’s hidey-hole) and demands our attention to our own usefulness. The problem with consumptionism is that our systems make no distinction between products and people, so those with power consume both, while those without power are disenfranchised. The problem is the consumptionism, not how it is implemented: we cannot continue to believe that humans are somehow exempt from responsibility for the natural resources we need to live. If our system intentions are reversed (supporting resources instead of consuming them), then it won’t matter how many people there are (self-regulating) and disparity in wealth would always benefit those who do the most for the future of the resources, rather than the least.

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