Having recently designed and constructed a rainwater reticulation system for our home, we saw many instances of “designed obsolescence” which resulted in “environmental vandalism”. Perfectly functional components, which we still had from previous water projects, were no longer suitable, nor interchangeable with the new standard, so were rendered obsolete. Wall thicknesses of the pipes were also changed so they were also rendered obsolete. What a waste, and all because the financial system is inherently flawed and will not allow us, as the community, the ability to purchase what we make.The manufacturer reduces the life cycle of his products in order to sell more - whether we want them or not.
As others have said, the farmer grows a ton of potatoes but does not create the money needed to buy them. So it is with all manufacturers and producers.This policy of engineered obsolescence has been going on for a long time. Douglas wrote about it one hundred years ago in his books Economic Democracy, The Monopoly of Credit, and Social Credit, calling it "economic sabotage". In 1963 Jas. Guthrie wrote about it in his article Planned Obsolescence or the Death Date in The Social Crediter. In his article he makes reference to the well-documented book The Waste Makers (Pelican, 1963, First published in USA 1960). We present the article now for your interest.