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“The people of the United States are in a sense becoming a nation on a tiger.  They must learn to consume more and more or, they are warned, their magnificent economic machine may turn and devour them.” — Vance Packard, The Waste Makers (1960)

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So maybe then what we should do is quit consuming and take our chances. Since if we continue, the ensuing destruction of the planet will make getting “devoured” by the economic machine turning on us seem like a minor annoyance. Remember, without a healthy-enough planet, there can be NO economy of any sort whatsoever. There cannot even be any survival.