by Chris Hedges
September 10, 2012
The ceaseless expansion of economic exploitation, the engine of global capitalism, has come to an end. The futile and myopic effort to resurrect this expansion—a fallacy embraced by most economists—means that we respond to illusion rather than reality. We invest our efforts into bringing back what is gone forever. This strange twilight moment, in which our experts and systems managers squander resources in attempting to re-create an expanding economic system that is moribund, will inevitably lead to systems collapse. The steady depletion of natural resources, especially fossil fuels, along with the accelerated pace of climate change, will combine with crippling levels of personal and national debt to thrust us into a global depression that will dwarf any in the history of capitalism. And very few of us are prepared.
Chris Hedges spent two decades as a foreign reporter covering wars in Latin America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. His latest books are Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, Death of the Liberal Class, and The World as It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress.
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The one generic syndrome in Nature that demonstrates unrestricted growth is characterised by the three hundred or so disease entities we collectively describe as cancer, when the immune system becomes so overwhelmed that the organism’s compromised cells continue to divide exponentially to death.
So maybe it’s time for wannabe politicians to pay a little more attention to the Earth Policy Institute’s Plan-B http://www.earth-policy.org/books/wote
However, potential candidates should STUDY such material prior to accepting political office, for by the time they get elected there is no time for them to absorb anything but reams of in-house “party” policy propaganda peddled their way by corporate mobsters ~ like Monsanto!…
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Instead of constantly emphasizing on growth which is taking us to ruin, we must start emphasizing on maintenance of that which we have created.
Economic growth does not spring eternally.
The World’s resources are finite, sustainable human existence on this planet may require a different economic model to that theory which argues that economies must grow year on year.
An idea based on limitless natural resources.
When people have to run faster and faster to hold on to where they were, it is time to consider some unorthodox solutions.
How about revisiting the Lord’s prayer – forgive us our debts as we forgive those indebted to us.
There would be a huge transformation if the people decided they would be better off implementing this old, good, common sense advice: