Chesa Boudin states: "In these discussions, the left was confronting challenges similar to those faced by progressive movements across the region: namely, how to win legitimate authority and how, having succeeded, to confront the legacy of neoliberalism without stifling economic growth or civil liberties."
This is a contradiction--neoliberalism is economic growth.
In this age of plundering all our resources for economic growth, we must stop and realistically look at what the earth can sustain. It is not economic growth but economic stability, equality, quality and sustainability that we need. We cannot put everyone to work forty hours a day doing services and making material goods. The earth cannot support it and we cannot consume it. We need simpler lifestyles, less work, more education, civic involvement and arts, fair distribution of resources, both material and technological. Technology has given us the opportunity for more simple lives of less work and more self-realization. We cannot patch the system--we must invert it with a new set of values.
Redwood City, CA
May 6 2009 - 11:58pm