100% organic free-range produce

This made me laugh out loud:

… just focus on one figure: the Palaeolithic income of $1.10 a day. Where exactly does it come from? Presumably the calculations have something to do with the calorific value of daily food intake. But if we’re comparing this to daily incomes today, wouldn’t we also have to factor in all the other things Palaeolithic foragers got for free, but which we ourselves would expect to pay for: free security, free dispute resolution, free primary education, free care of the elderly, free medicine, not to mention entertainment costs, music, storytelling, and religious services? Even when it comes to food, we must consider quality: after all, we’re talking about 100% organic free-range produce here, washed down with purest natural spring water. (David Graeber and David Wengrow)

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One thought on “100% organic free-range produce

  1. Obviously, the figure of $1.10 a day comes from the obsessive desire of modern economists to reduce qualitative distinctions between societies into purely quantitative ones, and avoid the uncomfortable truth that the flourishing of a society can only be evaluated in aesthetic and moral terms and does not lend itself to being ‘optimized’ like a mechanical contraption.

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