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Re: [CumberlandGreenRiverBC] It's simple. If we can't change our economic system, our number's up | George Monbiot

From: Howard S.
Sent on: Saturday, May 31, 2014 10:07 AM
It is sad that the discussion of the most important issue is so taboo, and we don't even need economic growth, we need regenerative growth. We need a monetary system that is a purely a medium of exchange, is not a store of wealth and will not concentrate it into the hands of the few, that will generate long term thinking and egalitarian values.  We need to get to a place where we can say, okay everyone, go home and put in your garden, stop burning fossil fuels, join with your neighbors to build resiliency and embrace the diversity of all life.  We have no more time for ideologies, no more resources for war, no political system controlled by money.


On Sat, May 31, 2014 at 7:53 AM, Doug Kalmer <[address removed]> wrote:
To succeed is to destroy ourselves. To fail is to destroy ourselves. That is the bind we have created. Ignore if you must climate change, biodiversity collapse, the depletion of water, soil, minerals, oil; even if all these issues miraculously vanished, the mathematics of compound growth make continuity impossible.

Economic growth is an artefact of the use of fossil fuels. Before large amounts of coal were extracted, every upswing in industrial production would be met with a downswing in agricultural production, as the charcoal or horse power required by industry reduced the land available for growing food. Every prior industrial revolution collapsed, as growth could not be sustained. But coal broke this cycle and enabled – for a few hundred years – the phenomenon we now call sustained growth.

It was neither capitalism nor communism that made possible the progress and pathologies (total war, the unprecedented concentration of global wealth, planetary destruction) of the modern age. It was coal, followed by oil and gas. The meta-trend, the mother narrative, is carbon-fuelled expansion. Our ideologies are mere subplots. Now, with the accessible reserves exhausted, we must ransack the hidden corners of the planet to sustain our impossible proposition.





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