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Reading Notes September 14th

Reading Notes September 14th - Carter Whittington Jordan...

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Carter Whittington Jordan Radke Soci 415 14 September 2011 Reading Notes 9/14 The main point of the article is to determine who should get what goods after and how such goods should be distributed to the consumer after they have been produced. Berliner spends the first half of the article talking about abundance and scarcity in terms of needs and wants saying that most societies from here on out are and will be defined by scarcity. He goes on to show that reducing wants will not eliminate scarcity by giving several examples such as China and the USSR who at first succeeded, but after the revolutionary fervor died down, went back to material consumption. He talks about the moral and social cases for reducing wants and provides the example of taking as much meat at the dinner table for yourself based on the amount of food left and the amount of people who still need to eat. He also addresses the issue of free-exchange and gives ways it would and would not be possible. Furthermore, Berliner discusses the
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