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We need to identify a minimum set of priorities and goals that will enable us to successfully influence policy and then recruit as many individuals and groups as possible to support helpful action. Below are the first thoughts that come to me:

# ONE: Most of our current problems are the consequences of the transformation of our societies into adjuncts to the economy, a process that began in earnest in the 19th Century and is now almost complete. That transformation involved subordinating all aspects of our societies to the requirements of an industrial market economy, which has since evolved into a global financial market economy that cannot presently be regulated by any single country.

The consequences of this transformation has been the commodification of human labor and of nature, in addition to money. These three are treated as commodities even though they are not created for the market. The consequences of this fact has led to the destruction of social values and the destruction of nature. By treating money, which properly is a relationship between people, as a commodity we have created an unstable system of exchange and storage of value that accentuates the destructiveness of the commodification of land and labor.

The way out of our problems involves a second transformation into a society which makes appropriate provisions for the needs of business but also provides for the needs of the individuals and the environment and provides a monetary system that can be a predictable basis for exchange and for storage of value. The idea that the mechanisms of the market can do this by themselves has proved to lead to repeated disasters. The chief mechanism through which these disasters have been brought about has been the wide spread belief that markets are self regulating in the face of the fact that powerful interests and individuals have, de facto, come to be able to regulate these markets in their own short term interests.

# TWO: Like it or not we are all in this together. Solutions have to help everyone, not just the very few. Call this Wealth And Its Discontents.

There are numerous high net worth individuals that have an understanding of this and who have a corresponding concern for the futures of their descendants. Their support is crucial if the mass of the people are to be adequately informed. This is a much more functional use for their wealth than just donating half to charity.

# THREE: It is imperative that we create mechanisms of governance that allow policies to be discussed and adopted on a rational basis and with the informed consent of the broad population. The fact that this seems oxymoronic is the chief part of the challenge facing us.


"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Mon Aug 23rd, 2010 at 01:55:15 PM EST
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