I don't think I can respond to this per Swift, but I hope it's okay to point out that different countries have different access to resources. The US uses a lot of resources and imports a lot of resources, but it also has a lot of resources, especially the most three most important, food, energy, and industrial.
Originally Posted by TooMany
I define it as using more than is strictly necessary. The debate is over what is necessary, not only in regards to survival/subsistence, but to "quality of life". So, this is also about what is the appropriate quality of life. Some might say individual-transportation but others will say mass-transit, and for the former some will say bicycles while others may say cars.
Yes, but the main reason consumption has become a threat
is that the population is huge. Think of it this way; how do you define "over-consumption" except as a level of per captia consumption that cannot sustained for the given population?
No, I just disagree. There are different methods of conflict resolution. I'm not making a value judgement. I'm just saying that both collaboration and confrontation can be effective and rational responses (see prisoner's dilemma).
Et tu BAUT? Quantum mutatus ab illo.