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April 13, 2021

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Charles MacFarland’s letter (17 June) responding to Mandy’s Soapbox altogether missed the point she was making. While he provides what he thinks would have been a better response, that was not the one given.

When people do things primarily to make money, we loathe and distrust such people because that makes them susceptible to unscrupulous behaviour.

Think about it: which doctor would you rather be treated by? One who studied medicine to make money and chose to work in a private clinic (which is by nature profit oriented), or one who studied medicine because she loved helping people and chose to work in a public clinic?

Environment, other species, other people’s amenity or even their lives – when all must subordinate themselves and succumb to profiteering, we have good reason for concern, disgust, or anger, just as Mandy expressed.

Unfortunately, our entire global economic system is based on such motivation, which is why the world is becoming the sort of hostile place that it is. An excellent account of the rise of the very mentality being described here is given by Karl Polanyi in his classic work The Great Transformation.


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  1. On the rare occasion I go to one, I much prefer to go to my private doctor in a private clinic, because he gives me as much time as it takes to do analyse the issue and provides good advice. I am sure he makes plenty enough money , but he clearly takes an interest in what he does and in doing it well. The only public clinic I am aware of in rural towns like ours is the hospital outpatients, which costs far more of the public’s funds, funds which should be reserved for more urgent medical use. I know many professionals and tradies who work in a similar fashion to my doctor ; they take pride in what they do, do it well and expect to be paid properly for doing it.

    There is no evidence that our economic system based on profit is causing greater damage to the environment nor that it has become more hostile. Countries which have failed to develop mature capitalist systems such as those in Australia, the UK and Europe. , are more likely to face conflict and higher rates of crime and other harmful threats to personal safety like car accidents History tells us those countries which socialised the means of production had abysmal records of environmental protection. We are more aware of environmental impacts and businesses repeatedly call on governments to set out a clear framework backed by effective and legislation for environmental management and also carbon reduction.

    While primary production – agriculture or mining – is always potentially harmful to the environment, countries like Australia which are more successful at encouraging overseas investment are also better at regulating against environmental, and to pay the higher taxation we need to reduce carbon emissions.

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