"The Occupy movement protests worldwide against the power of banks. The Indignados in Spain demonstrate against the system that gives them this crisis and high unemployment.. No saying has been criticized more vigorously than Margaret Thatcher's sentence there is no alternative to the present system..
In Bolivia and Ecuador, the governments have anchored the principle of buen vivir (the good life) in their constitutions. This can be understood as an alternative concept to the model of the West and the consumption habits that we know. Cooperatives that manage energy, real estate or other necessities arise everywhere in the world.. We must abandon the ideology of the unchangeability of the prevailing conditions that holds us captive..
We must begin now to radically rethink and reorganize our life and work. We may not fritter away any time.. The necessity was never greater and the chances for a chance were never better than today."
Elmar Altvater is an emeritus professor of political economy at the Free University of Berlin and author of many books on globalization and alternative economics.
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