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Don’t we all curtail our spending, use leftovers, and make-do in bad times? But the household that keeps its stock of vital force to itself hinders the market, which needs spending of money to stay in motion. Today we think we can circumvent this dialectic of house and market by inserting government spending into the cycle and expanding the currency supply, but does this macro-action replenish the household cellar of strength or leave it bare while increasing house dependence on the market? A post-Keynesian economics argues for government spending and increasing the national debt to counter a recession; it also suggests expanding the money supply and lowering interest rates to increase liquidity and help the financial sector.

In such cases, the host of the festive work would be using unpaid labor to secure a product that is sold for cash. org/core. org/core/terms. 002 The Strength of the House economies on the margin participate in markets and lose their foundation and local connections, as I shall explain in subsequent chapters. Sometimes the current of vitality is used up in a festivity and not turned to work. In addition to everyday hospitality expressed through offering coffee, occasionally a house will host a celebratory ritual, such as a baptism or marriage.

Their understanding that achieving house sustainability is difficult and that one needs to be thrifty leads to a cautionary view. Would they ever be caught up in carbon trading as if moving the elements of strength from one place to another would solve resource and pollution problems? Sharing strength-in the house The common term for a couple who live together is “juntado,” which means together, united, joined, or assembled, and by extension connected. This connecting or conjoining is the relationship on which house economies are founded.

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