We can't produce [anything/food] unless we produce everything
March 24, 2020 7:44 AM   Subscribe

I'm looking for a quote. The thrust of it was that we've designed an economic system where we can't produce anything (or maybe they just mentioned food?) unless we produce everything. Anybody know this one?
posted by clawsoon to Society & Culture (2 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
This is probably not exactly what you mean (it's not really about economics), but are you thinking of Carl Sagan's claim that "If you want to make a pie from scratch, you must first create the universe"?
posted by likedoomsday at 11:42 AM on March 24 [1 favorite]

(No, it was specifically about the modern industrial economy created starting in the 1800s. Maybe had to do with the way the economy ground to a halt in the 1870s or, more likely, the Great Depression? Keynes or Veblen or C.H. Douglas or somebody like that?)
posted by clawsoon at 4:24 PM on March 24

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