[OPE-L:1671] Re: wages, productivity and climate

Subject: [OPE-L:1671] Re: wages, productivity and climate
From: Gerald Levy (glevy@pratt.edu)
Date: Sat Nov 13 1999 - 16:35:03 EST

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Date: Sat, 13 Nov 1999 22:59:46 +0100
From: Jurriaan Bendien <djjb99@worldonline.nl>

Hi Jerry
>Writers in the field of economic development and international trade who
>have emphasized the role of climate have tended - overwhelmingly - to
>be very conservative in their perspective.

Well of course you can naturalise and eternalise economic problems, but it
doesn't mean climatic factors do not have an impact. Take a look at
Honduras, Nicaragua, China or Vietnam etc. right now.

>What you take to be self-evident is apparently the proposition that the
>activity of production results in increased knowledge and increased needs.

Yes, I think it is pretty self-evident, although the needs may not be
directly related to the production involved. Marx already says this, in the
development of production new needs are generated. It's a simple
anthropological observation.

Thus, if you have ever worked
>in a meat-packing plant, your desire for meat would be altered and, quite
>probably, diminished.

I have been in those plants, and sold socialist newspapers in those plants.
I still eat meat and will continue to do so unless my doctor advises



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