We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lapp√©, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Friday, June 18, 2010

Towards a New Economy and a New Politics

from Solutions. 

This is an interesting article from a website that I have just discovered. The website is dedicated, as indicated by the title, to solutions to the general crises that we are facing today. For someone like myself who have seen these problems develop over the past fifty years, the articles seem to come from a rather naive perspective. Yet, I think that it is a sincere perspective and one that should be supported in hopes that greater understanding of the problems can be achieved, and thus more effective solutions formulated. 

The theme of this particular article is summarized here:
The U.S. political economy is failing across a broad front—environmentally, socially, economically, and politically. Deep, systemic change is needed to transition to a new economy, one where the acknowledged priority is to sustain human and natural communities. Policies are available to effect this transformation and to temper economic growth and consumerism while simultaneously improving social well-being and quality of life, but a new politics involving a coalescing of progressive communities is needed to realize these policies.