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On Nov 6, 2008 stephan wrote:

Nature friend -- you are naive. Why do we have to pursue economic growth? How about an economy that respects the earth and does the greatest good for the greatest number of people -- that would be a balanced economy. Why does there need to be growth in the sense of accumulating more? Population growth is not the cause of poverty... Wealthier countries have lower birth rates, so perhaps population growth comes from poverty, and helping to increase everyone's standard of living will decrease population accordingly. Poverty is not evil -- quit blaming the poor for their circumstances. It is the mainstream free enterprise economy, under the guise of globalization, that makes and keeps so many people around the world poor. Wealth is accumulated in the hands of a few at the expense of the earth and the many. The winds of change are blowing... YES WE CAN!

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