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    Do we need such rapid improvements in technology? A new model for cars every couple of years, a new model for cell phones, a new model for a television set, a new model for a computer?

    The improvements are surely not made with consumer in mind as PRIORITY. They are made so that people keep on buying "the new thing". Profits is what it is all about.

    John Stuart Mill believed when living conditions get really good, working people will value them and through education will limit the number of children they can have.

    This lack of people would cause the wages to rise and capitalists would not be as interested in investing into new technology and socialism will emerge with working people controlling more of profits.

    OF COURSE, this system becomes useless with illegal immigrants and outsourcing in our times as more people that can do the work cheaper can be found outside of America.

    What John Stuart Mill was saying is that, the life is already good and rapid changes in technology can be substituted for more energy to be spent towards human rights, social welfare and public service.


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    John Stuart Mill believed when living conditions get really good, working people will value them and through education will limit the number of children they can have.

    In fact we've seen this trend over time. More properous people have fewer children.

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    So, then matclone, wouldn't you agree that in part post WWII American success was in part due to the fact that Americans had many children, the baby-boom so to speak, which allowed employers to hire more people to work in the 70s and 80s?

    What happens when baby-boomers retire in about 5 years?

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    Big, I'm guessing you're saying we had a surplus of labor in the 70s and 80s--especially of the younger and less expensive kind, and that aided in our prosperity. On it's face, that sounds reasonable.

    When baby boomers (b. 1946-1964) start to retire, I imagine some enormous pressures (not just limited to financial) will be placed on society--especially since we're not having enough babies now. If we place significant restrictions on immigration, that will make it worse. Thank god we have Social Security.

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    Do you think some anger towards old people will be detected?

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    I can't say anything in less than 10 characters (why forum why?) but to answer your question, Yes.

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