Re: Re: Is American capitalism inherently wasteful?

"How different, philosophically, is American capitalism from French capitalism? It's much less than people imagine."


--Paul Krugman, 'Re: Is American Capitalism inherently wasteful?'

Is this because French and American capitalism both operate on similar fundamental capitalist principles, or because they've both strayed so far from them?

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Scientists create a "lifelike" material that has metabolism and can self-reproduce

An innovation may lead to lifelike evolving machines.

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