The "tax" generates "income" to be spent on research and development. If this R & D is not carried out, we shall be in much worse trouble than merely being "short of money".
They must be mining it on the Moon, then. When did they get there?
The obsolescence planned into mass-produced goods reflects a vision of a better future. It isn't possible to design any "perfect" thing, because change is demanded by both fashion and innovation. This applies to most things.
Everything either goes out of fashion, and/or is superseded by superior product. All manufacturers attempt to balance the longevity of their product to its natural sales lifetime. It's more profitable that way.
"Only stainless steel cutlery lasts forever." - Jazzy. Except when in the hands of Uri Geller, of course...
The tax generates income,yes,above all if we don´t become poorer and that tax is spent on resarch and development rather than on the same wealthy people´s pockets,which is the other face of the coin.That´s mi opinion.Fashion and innovation can be included in items without producing more ones,as that is a waste of materials,energy and time without saying there are a looot of people that they would not change devices,computers,cars...etc,if they would not be obliged because of obsolescence planned.
Mi friend told me,that energy is called "fission" and it is in regard to helium.I don´t know any more,but International companies have invested on a French business that work that.