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artificial scarcity

artificial scarcity

Do you see this metal cage? We are in Fusina, one of the easy place to drop the car and take a boat to venice. And this metal cage only reason d'etre is to prevent people from parking behind it. Not that behind it the place is so particular. 100 square meter of asphalt in the middle of nowhere. But this summer people were using that space to sleep in campervan. They would come here in the evening and stay for the night. Sometimes they would stay there for 2 or 3 days. Some of them would be, *gasp*, gypsies. So now there is a cage and no one is allowed there anymore.
You see, it is harder and harder to find places to sleep. Not because the space is missing but because there is a conscious will to make things harder. ESPECIALLY for those that don't live like everybody else. I call it, artificial scarcity. And i think art. sc. is the biggest sin a government can make. Here you find the oranges being destroyed to keep the price up. The us government paying farmers not to plant something. The italian government not allowing people to sell their own milk. And so on. It is the manipulation of the perception of the people that there is not enough. To keep some social group in stale, or to keep the privileges of some others.
Artificial scarcity happens at all level. From the fake perception that there is not enough love for everybody. That if your daddy has another kid will not love you anymore. If your wife has a lover she does not love you anymore. And if you say no to your bf eventually he will marry you. And they all are tied like little domino pieces. Because if people can love more than one person than your bf is happy to marry you as he is not closing the door to anything else. And you don't need to hunger him. The fact that love is treated like a finite resource is the proof that we can be so easily manipulated. That not everything that we consider scarce actually is. If you live in a campervan this is a truth you touch with hands every time you look for a parking place. Now let of ask us some questions.
What is that you treat as scarce that actually isn't and just needed to be better distributed?
What is that you help being ill distributed?
What are the other options?