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    11-26-2021, 10:03 PM
    So what I'm understanding is that, according to your Pew research article, if you define middle-class by US wealth standards, we see that in Europe the middle class is larger but they have less wealth than the US middle-class. Then we can think of the comparison as a trade-off between having a slightly broader, slightly less wealthy middle-class or having a slightly smaller, slightly more wealthy middle-class, yes? I appreciate your points about planned obsolescence, which somewhat echoed this BBC article I found: https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20160612-heres-the-truth-about-the-planned-obsolescence-of-tech I would be curious what my friend would say but I would like to remain deferential toward what my friend told me about the shortsightedness of certain business folk aiming for easy money with replaceable products. I can definitely understand where she's coming from. But it has been wonderful to speak with you, Krugminator. If you have any other free-market economic resources that don't come off as too ideologically driven, or that site primary sources, basically anything that strives to be a little more rigorous than a blog which cites zero sources, I would be interested.
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    11-24-2021, 03:47 PM
    Thank you for your reply. I feel like I learned a lot; it's especially nice to have that pro-market site as a resource because I feel like some of the points on the website might not be as widely known as they could be. I showed what you wrote to my friend to see what I could learn from her. She said she felt that even though there are more goods and cheaper goods, the goods now might be of lesser quality than they were a number of years ago. She was saying how companies make products deliberately designed to fail so that they can sell replacements. And so I listened to her tell me about planned obsolescence is for a little bit, and how people choose the cheapest item because it's all they can afford to get by, even if in the long run the item is less durable. Thank you for your comments though. I feel like if we were living in some kind of free state utopia/dystopia, I would end up agitating for some kind of socialism, just for intellectual variety. It's always good to see another side of things because people who think differently than you'll probably have a reason for it.
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    11-21-2021, 01:48 PM
    This video summary is from some viewing material from one of my friends Masters program sociology classes. She is more of a centrist than her classmates on average but she does want to help lower and middle class families, and people who have had a rough start in her community. This is the synopsis of one of the videos assigned to watch for class: Transcript; 30 minute documentary: https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=&ved=2ahUKEwiyqM_3m6r0AhXJKewKHSwbCckQFnoECAoQAQ&url=https%3A%2F%2Funnaturalcauses.org%2Fassets%2Fuploads%2Ffile%2FUC_Transcript_7.pdf&usg=AOvVaw27m-WonV7ZpfItNfSbuLu4 What are the counterarguments, if any, to some of the claims in this documentary/synopsis? This is coming from place more of curiosity than to encourage my friend to argue with her professors or anything like that.
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