Question: What do denuded landscapes, drought, over population, inequity, and dead cows have in common?
Answer: Economics. The very thing we rely on to sustain us is our Achilles heal. We need to change our view of Economics from the panacea for all of our ills, to severe skepticism.
American inequality is chronic. But just ranting about it will not create a fair balance between profit and common good. Today’s landlord-tenant system leaves the landlord with the money and the renter penniless. Here are the systemic changes we must make to guarantee good homes in good communities for all.
Civilization, reinforced by modern religion, lends humans to believe we can break the laws of Nature and God. Breaking a law of Nature or Life is like trying to break the laws of physics: we can’t without breaking something or killing someone. I am not generally a religious writer, but if I were a prophet, I would write something like this.
Once society widely understands what needs can never be met with democracy + capitalism, humanity will start seeking a better way forward. What are the two great problems that modern society cannot solve?
The society we have been building for generations is basically a failure. Society is not resilient to shock like a pandemic or failing democracy. Nor is it healthy for humans or our relations. What would a healthy society look like?
I have spent the last 15 years trying to figure out how to save the world. What it comes down to is our minds are addicted and we have to let go of everything we know. Caution, this is guaranteed to blow your mind.
Forgiving debt is an ancient Hebrew practice that will benefit everyone and harm no one. We need to do this and much more to save ourselves, our children and our planet.
Private property is probably the silliest idea civilized people invented next to war. The brilliant fellow who cut the valley floor I live on, perpendicular to the watershed and bulldozed Indian burial mounds, promptly died of colon cancer after he sold off his McFarms. Talk about instant karma.
The business as usual period of society that we grew up in is beginning to come to a close. The change to a future we cannot see yet will be driven by winds of change.
If you are happy with a price of property you own, come on, you are only thinking about yourself.
The Fallacy of Ownership