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I combine this with the fact that Europe is rapidly becoming one economy, with efficiencies of scale. That Europe is reaching further eastward. From the Far East, Russia is cleaning up its act (remember when Armageddon was going to happen when they defaulted on their debt during the 90's?), and China is being allowed into the WTO and is looking more capitalistic every day (although they are starting to do a certain amount of saber rattling again). This will be a huge block of anxious consumers in a untied block of Eurasia as this century unfolds in our lifetimes and the lifetimes of the next generation

I agree with your description of the evolution of consumer markets. However, it seems the beneficiary of such an evolution will be the producers of those goods.

For the most part, that is no longer us.

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