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Unformatted text preview: anything but the necessities to survive she amassed wealth that she never intended on spending. If one observes gift exchange closely enough it turns out to be as pragmatic, calculating, and obligatory as market transfers. Or else gifts serve primarily as display commodities, visible symbols of a donor's wealth or refinement, but inheritance doesnt seem to work this way. Inheritance isnt the exchange of gifts, there is no medium of the exchange, and the deceased gets nothing in return because they no longer exist in the material world. Money in this sense is nothing special, money retained the same value, but the fact that money was accumulated for a purpose other than its intended purpose is special. It is also special in the sense that one is expected to spend, expected to support an economy that has a need for consumer debt, and expects people to fulfill their requirement as Americans to drive this economy....
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