Reply to "Economic Update w/Rick Wolff: May 2013"

Originally Posted by Muhammad Cipher:

How big a factor was PLANNED OBSOLESCENCE at that time.

 

Im gonna keep it real, you seem to be looking for the specific phrase "planned obsolescence" and claiming its not dealt with if you don't see it or hear it.  The truth is that the idea is found in quite a bit of work (from the time of Marx til today).

It is not the phrase that matters.  The moving assembly line was not developed until Henry Ford.  There was probably a fashion industry among the rich in the time of Dickens.  But how much of the population was that?

 

There were 8000 cars in the US in 1900,  There were 200,000,000 in 1995.  But engineers could design planes capable of 400+ mph in 1940.  They could not do that in 1900.  Planned obsolescence is the misuse of advanced technology.  The technology did not exist in the days of Marx.  There was no television to use Freudian technology on consumers.

 

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