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<< "Look at how many feats of Roman engineeringaqueducts, baths,
roads, temples, and walls are still standing. This is really
different from what we do today. We assume that most
buildings, like almost everything else we use, will be disposed
of in short order." >>
Alas! Nations and economies which build quality items for the long term are
very vulnerable to depressions and recessions. When all the carefully built
and solidly manufactured items have been sold, the economy collapses.
The wasteful lessons learned from the great depression was 'built in
obsolesce,' and now we are drowning in our own effluence/affluence.