- 28 Nov 2019 13:36
There is not a fixed lump of labour. There is a fixed lump of land. By 10,000 years BP humans had colonised the vast majority of the habitable land within a radius of 25 trillion miles.
When the very poorest people get richer they buy more food. When the almost as poor people get richer they buy more clothes. When everyone else gets richer they spend a large proportion of that extra income /wealth on property. Aspirations of civilised people haven't really changed in the last 5000 years. What did the 18th century Aristocrat want? A bigger house and a bigger garden. What did the late 80's "loads of money" (for younger and non British posters, this was a Harry Enfield character) Brickie want? A bigger house and a big Garden. What did Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Jeff Bezos want? A bigger house and a bigger Garden? What does the average Hippy want? A bigger Field and a bigger Yurt. Actually the aspiring Hippy often wants two Yurts or a Yurt and a Teepee. But you get my point, Its the same thing.
More people makes the country poorer, on average. The Math is relentless and inescapable. But here's the kicker, it not only makes us poorer on average, but it makes us less equal. This is why the Black Death so improved the quality of life for the survivors. Back then the critical resource limitation was agricultural land, whereas now its residential property, non agricultural commercial property and land for leisure, countryside, nature, parks, wilderness.
But the essential problem remains, the amount of usable land is at a first order of approximation, fixed.
While I support the impeachment of Salvador Allende, no executive Presidencies, proportional representation and short fixed term parliaments would have been preferable.