@yogthos Or perhaps "we"¹ want immediate comfort / entertainment more than "we" would like to admit? In this sense, the markets indeed do meet "our" needs…
And also, decades ago, the engineers would be used to develop some pointless weapons and related stuff.

¹ population at large, not just the selected minority of "intellectuals"

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@yogthos P.S. With that in mind, it seems pointless to blame "the markets". — Given the social dynamics and attitudes, leading to the formation and sustainability of the markets, a central planning likely wouldn't produce any better outcomes; and the results of the votes seem to be in agreement with the profitability of the businesses.

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