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Re: Philosophers' Walk

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Sun, 25 Apr 1999 17:05:39 EDT

In a message dated 4/25/99 10:25:59 AM EST, DRLanders writes:

<< Subj: Re: Philosophers' Walk
Date: 4/25/99 10:25:59 AM EST
From: DRLanders
To: artsednet, Artemis420

I would tend to disagree about the buildings of today. I would point to
Washington, DC and the buildings there one would say that they were built to
last and not built for the short term.
But many of them were built at least 100 years ago!

In the statement "The wasteful lessons learned from the great depression
was 'built in obsolescence,' and now we are drowning in our own
are you suggesting that America is drowning in our own prosperity and
wealth. Are you saying that any of the buildings and achievements we make are
doomed to fail and are not made for {history}? I'm not sure of your point.

No, I am saying that most articles manufactured today are made to fall apart
after a certain length of time/use; and deliberately so.
One of the causes of the great depression was that early mass produced items
were made so well that once bought they lasted. Consequently there were fewer
and fewer repeat orders, factories went out of business.
The lesson learned was to build in obsolescence so that the stuff falls apart
and needs to replaced on a fairly regular basis and the factories stay in

{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.}

Are you saying that a country that has the wealth and money will sell off
everything it has to keep its wealth, even at the cost of its own existence?
Just a thought :)
No, I mean that it is not good for long term production and the economy for
products to last indefinitely.
If, for example, all automobiles lasted forever then when all customers had a
car the factories would go out of business. Same for refrigerators and
washing machines and
everything manufactured or mass produced. They are made to disintegrate at a
fairly predictable rate.
The piling up of discarded and waste products and useless rubbish this
economy produces is a huge problem...not to mention the rate at which it uses
up the natural resources of the nation...forests, strip mining,
pollution...and so on.