Benjamin R. Barber is right. There is a "defect" that is "inherent in the system." But that defect is inherent in every economy that is much above hunting and gathering in its technology. For thousands of years of recorded history we have endured the consequences of this defect, and despite the attempts of scores of societies of many faiths and strikingly different cultures to resolve the problems that result from it, we have failed in every case to even identify the nature of the defect, let alone come up with a solution.
"The crisis in global capitalism demands a revolution in spirit..." but that demand will not be met by the suggestions that follow in the article. Mr. Barber, too, is trapped within the box without realizing it. But there is a way out.
If you visit www.nopom.info, a site without ads and with nothing at all to sell to anyone, you will find a complete description of not only the "defect" itself but a complete, detailed, explanation of the solution to remedying that defect.
Not only will this solution stop cold all our present economic problems completely eliminating such things as poverty, unemployment, government interference in the economy, debt of all kinds, inflation and deflation, taxes (yes, no more taxes of any kind at any level of government) and organized crime, but it also greatly increases production and almost eliminates discrimination. It even attains the ends which Mr. Barber claims to desire.
PS: This idea is not of any part of the present-day political spectrum. It is neither right- nor left-wing, though it attains the ends of both. It is not spiritual, though it will promote a great spiritual rebirth. It is simple, everyday, and practical. But it is so different from anything you have ever considered before, it will be difficult to hold in your mind at first, so read the book. You won't understand it after two minutes of reading, though the basic solution will fit easily on one page.
Larry K. Mason
Chapel Hill, NC
Feb 3 2009 - 2:13pm