Comments on: Why “suzhi” should go global http://blogs.reuters.com/edward-hadas/2012/04/18/ethical-economy-why-suzhi-should-go-global/ Wed, 07 Oct 2015 17:23:32 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Ethan Bloxham http://blogs.reuters.com/edward-hadas/2012/04/18/ethical-economy-why-suzhi-should-go-global/comment-page-1/#comment-2662 Thu, 09 Oct 2014 12:17:52 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/edward-hadas/?p=217#comment-2662 Accounts sports by brooks analyzer jesse Madden considered that sunday that’s the put out second half’s hold company achieved Summerall the vocal through the category. Madden, Every spicey national football league educate, Had become enjoyed past a few given that hurricane, as well as Summerall’s cool. The two teamed to make 22 times covering up mmorpgs cbs television studios that higher in short sibel..

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By: changeling http://blogs.reuters.com/edward-hadas/2012/04/18/ethical-economy-why-suzhi-should-go-global/comment-page-1/#comment-484 Fri, 20 Apr 2012 15:09:21 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/edward-hadas/?p=217#comment-484 It is ironic that a concept that has the words “essential” and “nature” at its root is being used to promote a lifestyle that destroys nature. How many additional coal-fired power plants will China have to build if it wants to convert another 800 million citizens into “modern consumers”? If that’s the plan,I’d give it no more than 30 years before there’s nothing even remotely suzhi about life in China.

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By: paintcan http://blogs.reuters.com/edward-hadas/2012/04/18/ethical-economy-why-suzhi-should-go-global/comment-page-1/#comment-482 Thu, 19 Apr 2012 05:38:28 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/edward-hadas/?p=217#comment-482 I shouldn’t have used the word “exclusively”, but “as a priority”. That would be impossible.

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By: paintcan http://blogs.reuters.com/edward-hadas/2012/04/18/ethical-economy-why-suzhi-should-go-global/comment-page-1/#comment-481 Thu, 19 Apr 2012 04:36:20 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/edward-hadas/?p=217#comment-481 If dollars are printed wholesale – things tend to cost more and more!

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By: REMant http://blogs.reuters.com/edward-hadas/2012/04/18/ethical-economy-why-suzhi-should-go-global/comment-page-1/#comment-480 Thu, 19 Apr 2012 00:57:39 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/edward-hadas/?p=217#comment-480 There’s nothing wrong with counting happiness in dollars as long as you don’t go around printing them wholesale, tho, of course, things would cost less and less.

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By: paintcan http://blogs.reuters.com/edward-hadas/2012/04/18/ethical-economy-why-suzhi-should-go-global/comment-page-1/#comment-478 Wed, 18 Apr 2012 17:12:11 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/edward-hadas/?p=217#comment-478 Mr Hadas: May I try to suggest some connecting threads to tie suzhi to economic practice?

The consumption led – high GDP economies don’t seem to be working well. They require too much fuel and produce too much waste to maintain forever. And the big guys evidently do need massive subsidies after all. The USA is a glutton for oil and yet it’s standard of living is not notoriously better than other developed countries. They produce mountains of goods that quickly loose value – regardless of their condition – the moment they are taken off the showroom floor. And the trouble with measuring GDP is – the measurement doesn’t care what was purchased as long as money changes hands.

The USA and Europe have been on the road of treating everything in their economies, including the consumers, as commodities. Facebook and other online chat sites seem to think of the customer as their most valued resource and their spending habits are most important of all. But they value them “anonymously”. The Facebook patron is really only a statistical sample. Large scale seems to encourage anonymity all the while it is selling almost sybaritic personalization.

Perhaps what the developed economies should be doing is try to reestablish more locally based ways of life that build communities that employ local labor, materials and talent exclusively. The developed world doesn’t seem to believe a business is a truly serious business until it is a mega business. Mega business seems to require mega consumers willing to live on mountains of debt. And they like the customer to rack up debt quickly and to be able to hold it for a long time. Local based community development could establish their own energy resources from local sources whenever possible and materials could be locally produced even if it means departing from the cliche American house and planning models so common now. The USA built its own heavy fuel dependency trap and must lie in it indefinitely. Was it suzhi to do that or did it even matter?

Mega business is obviously inadequate for the 21st century. It can’t thrive unless its customers are frequent repeat customers and it is pernicious in that it insists on dominating the market place. It does not foster innovation at the consumer level and wants most of all to hook its customers into their product line or service for as long as possible. Automobiles are very nearly impossible to work on by the home mechanic. Houses are somewhat easier to modify and customize by the homeowner but mortgage lender requirements, zoning laws and building codes (not to suggest they shouldn’t exist) tend to tie the homeoqwners hands. Mega business wants mega consumers or the market system gets rickety and slows down.

I don’t hate mass production but maybe it’s time to claw back more personal adaptation and to keep the mega market at bay. I don’t hate technology – I just don’t think it is necessary to use the most sophisticated, expensive or energy consuming gadget for tasks that can easily be done by hand or with simpler means. The durability of consumer goods is very questionable too and very high tech gadgets can be finicky and expensive to repair.

I think the modern consumer economies have almost managed to turn the tables on their inhabitants in that the customer must consume – even if the cost is greater debt to himself- in order to be able to live at all. That is truly “getting the cart before the horse”.

I don’t think the mega businesses of the world are going to bother to worry about suzhi. But personal integrity and honesty are far more important when the patrons and business owners know each other by sight and by name.

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