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Old 12-17-2013, 10:31 PM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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Capitalism depends upon caffeine because it lengthens the productive day to a theoretical 24 hours.

Source: Coffee/A Dark Nation/Antony Wild

Interesting book on the history of coffee, we forgetting, too often, that caffeine is a drug.

Caffeine is found not only in coffee, but soft drinks and, in a higher concentration, in tea.

So what might happen if someone like Murad IV in Turkey, in the 1600's, came into power, where if you were founding drinking a cup of coffee, you could be sewn up in a burlap bag and tossed into the Bosporus Sea, as when he was in power, from 1623 to 1640, coffee drinking was banned, along with tobacco.

Without caffeine, would our workday then be shortened to 4 or 6 hours a day?

I know when some day shift workers come to work in the morning, if the coffee is not there, they ain't movin'!
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Old 12-17-2013, 11:52 PM
 
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I guess the same as Russian socialism and what happened with no Vodka when they cut hours there of liquor sales.jk
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Old 12-19-2013, 01:13 AM
 
Location: Amherst
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Work productivity would improve dramatically if people would kick the caffeine. Its consumption only slows down capitalism...except for those who sell it.
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Old 12-19-2013, 03:50 AM
 
Location: Nescopeck, Penna.
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I doubt that it makes all that much difference in either direction; Mormons eschew caffeine, and Utah has a very healthy business climate and strong work ethic. And caffeine has never been all that much of a help to me in fighting sleeplessness. The amount of coffee i put down seems more related to the availability of it while on the job and, possibly, to the stress imputed by the workplace; I did about 4-6 cups a day while working as a fleet dispatcher (constant and spontaneous changes), but in my current job in inventory control, one or two at break time is sufficient.
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Old 12-19-2013, 07:49 PM
 
Location: Amherst
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Whether you need a caffeine fix or have just had a cup, you're not working at your full capacity. Grogginess and jitters help no one. Plus, even if you get 8 hours of sleep (unlikely for heavy caffeine users), you'll never sleep deeply enough to get a true night's rest. That means more coffee the next day, and so the cycle begins. More and more caffeine to try to achieve the effect of the first dose you ever took. In searching for it you'll never be as crisp, alert, or energetic as the 5 seconds before the first sip of your first ever cup of coffee.
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Old 12-20-2013, 01:37 AM
 
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They drink tea in most of the industrialized world more than they do coffee. In Great Britain they drink tea, and the last time I was there, a lot of capitalism was going on.
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Old 12-20-2013, 08:32 PM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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A number of tea varieties have more caffeine than coffee!
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