Embarrassment of the Wealthy

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<p>The claim that mass consumerism is killing the planet isn’t new, but perhaps it’s best made by French author Hervé Kempf. In an article from the French-Canadian newspaper <i>Le Devoir</i>
<a title=”translated on the website <I>Truthout</I>” href=”http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/010807G.shtml” target=”_blank”>translated on the website <i>Truthout</i>
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<a href=”#identifier”>* </a> Kempf sees economic disparity and ecological destruction as symptoms of a single disease: capitalism. The system’s rigidity makes it incapable of supporting the changes needed to remedy our present environmental crisis, Kempf believes, and the only solution is to “bring down the rich.”</p>
<p>(Thanks, <a title=”Adbusters” href=”http://www.adbusters.org/the_magazine/75/The_Rich_Stand_Accused.html” target=”_blank”>Adbusters</a>.)</p>
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<font color=”#800080″>Morgan Winters</font>
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<a class=”bookmark” id=”identifier” title=”identifier” name=”identifier”>* </a>Correction: Due to an editing error, the newspaper <i>Le Devoir</i> was originally identified as French. It is French Canadian.</p>

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