Our obsolescent economy: modern capitalism and 'throwaway culture'

Our obsolescent economy: modern capitalism and 'throwaway culture'
 

A friend of mine from India tells a story about driving an old Volkswagen beetle from California to Virginia during his first year in the United States. In a freak ice storm in Texas he skidded off the road, leaving his car with a cracked windshield and badly dented doors and fenders.
When he reached Virginia he took the car to a body shop for a repair estimate. The proprietor took one look at it and said, “It’s totaled.” My Indian friend was bewildered: “How can it be totaled? I just drove it from Texas!”
My friend’s confusion was understandable. While 'totaled'sounds like a mechanical... read more

 
26 September 2017 in Environment, Views: 66
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