Desire & Scarcity (was Re: Desire under the Elms)

Brad De Long delong at econ.Berkeley.EDU
Sat Jan 29 16:17:29 PST 2000

>CB: Are you really saying that there is a in U.S. economy/society a scarcity
>, such that every last person could not be guaranteed food, shelter,
>clothing, transportation and many more basic use-values ?
>mbs: No, but once having obtained 'basic use-values,'
>everyone would want more.

But at least they wouldn't be hungry, well nourished, and vulnerable to opportunistic infectious disease. The verb "want" has a different meaning once one is well-nourished enough to ovulate regularly...

Brad DeLong

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