Without Vision, the People Perish

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Without vision, the people perish. The future could be full of community centers, exchanging roles, free Internet books and reduced working hours if we could shift from quantitative to qualitative growth, from building stories on office buildings to telling stories, from being monads living to work to interdependent beings working to live.

The neoliberal finance capitalism motor, model and myths must be reexamined and the rights of nature and community empowerment championed, Security, health, strength, happiness and work must be redefined, work must be shared and social security protected by eliminating the $118K cap on social security taxes to reverse the exploding inequality and enable people to feel integrated and participating.

Focusing only on increasing oil production idealizes or transfigures business as usual, sidesteps systemic questions and makes alternatives taboo.

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Jul. 31, 2007 3:01 pm


Needs can be satisfied in a non-economic and non-commodified way.
John Maynard Keynes distinguished between absolute needs (e.g. food) and relative needs (e.g. recognition and luxury goods) before he died in 1946. The corporate world, academia and politicians intent on raising funds for the next election trivialized and narrowed Keynes and FDR and now we face an incredulous media and a paralyzed/polarized government ready to send us down the rabbit hole like Alice.

You can watch "The 99% - Occupy Everywhere!," "Capitalism- a Love Story," "War Made Easy," "Iraq for Sale," "The Flaw" and "We're Not Broke" as free movies on www.hulu.com.

Links to 700 free movies and 700 free E-books await you at www.openculture.com (including the 1915 silent movie Alice in Wonderland), concerts by the Grateful Dead and The Clash. Links to nearly 800 translated articles on the economic crisis are on my website www.freembtranslations.net.

Enjoy the feast! A little time-prosperity amid the neoliberal hocus pocus/ stagnation and paralysis!

demandside's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 3:01 pm

Are beggars riding ahorseback? The only vision with any semblance of a consensus in this country is that taxes must be cut, defense spending increased, Social Security and the ACA dismantled, the Postal Service privatized, homoerotics exterminated and abortion and contraception outlawed.

The cacophony of elaborate and futile nonsense from the left is less than no vision at all. Although Democrats have never been goal oriented, this got much worse during the Seventies when those vying for leadership in various groups started becoming ever more Politically Correct. (The term was originally used derisively by those lamenting progress toward goals.) Now the left is beset by its own army of self-righteous Jimmy Swaggerts denouncing each other for political incorrectness. Some years ago a group seeking to save school funding refused help from Dick Gregory because he was dismissive of the homoerotic community. They then lost and school funding was slashed. Now, unless one accepts pedophilia as a "life style" and supports government financing of "sex change" surgery, one has no place on the left.

For the Left to regain relevance some simple common goals must become the platform. Simple but important things like restoring the New Deal, abandoning global conquest, cutting defense spending, stopping give aways and subsidies to corporations that do not promote the common welfare and impeaching and hanging John Roberts, Antonine Scalia, Sam Alito and Clarence Thomas. And ignore what others think of your nose ring.

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Roland de Brabant
Jan. 31, 2014 4:25 pm

demandside, you might be interested in this. Let us know what you think if you do look into it please.

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