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  •  Paid ON these wars, not IN these wars (2+ / 0-)
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    foucaultspendulum, TheMomCat

    It took decades to pay off both, and we did ok. Debt is what fuels capitalism.

    It's freaking part of the name, wingnuts!!!

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 10:22:00 AM PST

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    •  kovie, it took centuries for US to consider the (1+ / 0-)
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      concept of "collective guilt".

      Wingnuts is not sufficient to describe what fuels capitalism.  It's greed.  

      Ask Mr. Greenspan, of course, his comments in the past have crossed the light fantastic, and there will be plausible denial .

      •  I meant capitalism in the most general sense (1+ / 0-)
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        Which involves the accumulation and use of capital, necessarily in the form of debt, or else only those who already have capital could use it, which would mean a mostly closed system that could never really grow.

        Debt is what makes it possible for capitalist economies to grow (i.e. increase the amount of capital) and expand (i.e. enable more entities to have access to it) as fast and broadly as they do. This is as true for governments as it is for companies and individuals. Wingnuts don't seem to get this, or want to.

        "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

        by kovie on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 03:29:14 PM PST

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