The Electric Boondoggle

boondoggle (n): a scheme that wastes time and money

In Reinventing Collapse, Dmitry Orlov observes that modern capitalism operates mainly via boondoggles.  When one boondoggle reaches its inevitable end, the only “serious” proposals entertained as solutions are new-and-improved boondoggles.

Well, corporate capitalism’s core product — the private automobile — is proof of this theory, in spades.  It would take a committee specifically charged with the task to come up with a more wasteful means of getting people around town.

But that, of course, is the whole point. 

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