Our society is organized around consumption - in order to survive we are required to participate in inefficient and unsustainable supply chains and purchase products with built-in obsolescence dates. It's not reasonable to shame people for doing that.
we should improve society somewhat
and yet you participate in society! curious. i am very intelligent
@tindall Also it has been proofen times and times again that regulation of the business sides of things is way more effective compared to waiting for consumer to pick things up.
Remember HCFCs? Why did the usage drop? Because governments forbid products using this substance. Acid rain? Same thing, regulate the market, don't wait for consumers, they buy, what's available and fits the budget.
There is also the misconception of "market" in an Adam Smith sense. Consumer are not part of the market. Members of market are manufacturers and merchants. The big corporations are the "market". Aldi does the negotiotions with (e.g.) mushroom canners, but most time corporations like Nestlé and so on.
As a consumer you can't "demand", you take what is on the shelf.
@wauz @tindall uhm, no, consumers are part of the market. Of course the individual consumer can hardly make a demand, but groups of consumer definitely can and do create specific demands, usually by organising themselves.
However something Smith apparently underestimated are malicious market forces that resides around manipulation, monopolisation and fraud in an macro economic market that is to some degree "anonymous".
No, it doesn't really work. We had the Shell boycott in the 90ies, but it worked BECAUSE it was irrational. Exxon was the same way in the that drilling rig problem, but rarely mentioned. After all, only the distributional system was hit: small subcontractors.
All consumer markets are in reality offer driven. Gasoline is a good example if this.
Btw: when people are talking about market theory mention Mr A. Smith, they actually mean the market theory they've learne in school, and that's something different.
"Free" and "perfect" markets is something gov should aim at. BUT: Smith knew very well, that markets are mean and consumers don't have any powers there. So Smith demanded supervision of cereal markets. And so on.
i just had an idea: adding class (or, you know, caste) as discrimination protected… class into the constitutions
so we can start suing governments for providing shitty insurance and health care for poor people, and businesses for selling toxic junk that falls apart after two years
democracy for everyone
the problem of course with trying to make "class" a "discrimination protected class" is that no democracy would want to be caught dead admitting that they have a multi-class system from which it is almost impossible to escape — even tho politicians constantly talk about enabling, securing, protecting the middle class
usually with measures that punish lower classes
i guess that's the key here: protecting poor people from discrimination would make a lot of policy impossible
democracy for everyone
@meena They’re kind of making noises about it over here, but that’a just because they want to use “white working class” as a cover for racism
democracy for everyone
@ghost_bird Germany is very good at ignoring racism as irrelevant, because there's not enough black people to matter, and surly Muslim people don't experience and discrimination.
but being the birth land of Marx, the right is still very careful about using "Arbeiterklasse"
(i might be wrong)
re: democracy for everyone
Regulation would be more efficient. Unfortunately... The wealthiest people with the biggest impacts are the ones with the most political power and are the least interested in giving up their comforts in exchange for other people not dying.
It's the people in the top 10% world income and above who need to be changing personal behavior. The top 10% do things like fly frequently, own SUVs and large single family homes.
@tindall individually what can we do? i don’t have time for activism. have plenty to lose to backlash if i tried. i did recently learn that it’s quite effective to invest in green funds- stock portfolios that invest in companies doing renewable energy and other such capitalistic endeavours towards curbing climate change.
@zens green funds are good! I know it's trite, but local action is very accessible - write your alderman, city council, mayor, etc.
For things under individual control it's usually the stuff you do all the time that has the biggest impacts.
Travel, food, heating & cooling, electricity are the biggest sources of emissions..
For durable goods like cookware, just try to take care of it so you don't have to buy a lot of it and otherwise don't stress about it. If you've got the time, maybe buy stuff from second hand shops.
@tindall not to mention that the lives people are being encouraged to live are organized around inefficient domestic structures with absurd layouts.
not every two bedroom apartment would need a fully-equipped kitchen and range if decent food was say, freely available
@tindall This is a very astute application of the criticism of the pointless "oh, you're criticizing capitalism, but you exist in a capitalist society, curious" argument. Well said. :)
@tindall i own one knife that's 30 or 40 years old
it's a disgusting looking chunk of plastic and a janky looking blade
we have beautiful, shiny and super sharp knives, but i would never throw that thing away, it's my favourite tool in the kitchen
why can't everything last that long?
@tindall liberal thinking in a nutshell.
"but if everyone would vote right, pay more money to ethical companies and work hard then we will all be well!" yeah uhuh sure that worked so well
@tindall what i particularly wonder about the bizarre goop-esque form of fake activism you describe here, is why do the “concerned advisors” not think that someone would indeed buy something nice and durable if they could, and it made sense for them. it’s incredibly condescending 😔
It's basically a showing off thing of people that feel petty bourgeoisie. They just try to sell their lifestyle as the real McCoy. "We are the good ones" - and you deserve your fate by refusing to be like us.
That's just a milieu of actual proletarians, that believes, they were nobility, just by being bailiffs.
@tindall tangent: hate it when cast iron cookware costs a ton, since a legit strategy when available is "literally buy any used one you can find, no matter how beaten-up it looks, because it'll work fine with a little TLC"
@tindall this is also insane to me because you can buy perfectly good cutlery/pans at the thrift store. Theres basically an unlimited supply.
@joemama yep! and 99% of those are not, like, fair trade green sustainably sourced wood handled knives or whatever. but they still have essentially zero carbon footprint!
@tindall Totally agree. What's sad is that the culture of accepted obsolescence and disposable goods had to be BEATEN into people since at least in America self reliance and ability to repair and reuse were deeply ingrained cultural morees.