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RE: [greenyes] Corporation as Psychopath


While I believe this conversation is worthwhile, I would greatly appreciate
if it those responding or involved please continue off of greenyes. I
believe the topic has drifted and is no longer relevant to this listserve.
Thank you, Mandy


-----Original Message-----
From: Doug Koplow [mailto:koplow@no.address]
Sent: Wednesday, February 25, 2004 2:14 PM
To: greenyes@no.address; Sharon_Gates@no.address
Subject: Re: [greenyes] Corporation as Psychopath


Hi Sharon,

In answer to your question, yes, I do believe what I posted. I wouldn't
have wasted the time to write it if I didn't. While these issues may seem
off-topic to a recycling list, they actually underly most of the policy
prescriptions that list members advocate for and implement. As such, I do
think it is useful every once in awhile to actually discuss them overtly.

Your strong negative reaction to the use of market forces in achieving
positive outcomes has made me quite curious to hear about your preferred
world view, to which you referred to in your message. Might you be willing
to share some of the main elements?

-What would your ideal system for making goods and providing services, and
for creating the jobs people need to earn a living, look like? Is there an
existing model where this system has been implemented?

-How would it encourage efficient production, appropriately reward people
for their efforts, provide incentives for risk taking and generating new
technologies, prevent waste of scarce investment resources, and meet all the
various social criteria like environmental protection?

-How would it avoid the problems you see endemic in market capitalism?

-How would it avoid the problems that many socialist economies find
themselves in?

Regards,

Doug



_______________________________
Doug Koplow
Earth Track, Inc.
2067 Massachusetts Avenue - 4th Floor
Cambridge, MA 02140
www.earthtrack.net
Tel: 617/661-4700
Fax: 617/354-0463



>>> <Sharon_Gates@no.address> 02/25/04 04:55PM >>>
I wasn't being the least bit defensive -- in fact, I commented that Doug's
tone was such that I could read it without becoming defensive. I was
merely wondering if he really believed what he had written. If so, his
world view is incredibly different from mine, and I find that interesting.
Personally, I like mine better -- but he's perfectly entitled to his
opinion.

Sharon Gates
Recycling Specialist
City of Long Beach, California
562/570-4694









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