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Sunday, January 2, 2011

There Is Another Way...

Well, there's more than one way to live better than we currently are doing under capitalism...

Here's just one set of ideas.... 

It's not all fantasy either...

From Wikipedia's entry on Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983):

"Buckminster Fuller was one of the first to propagate a systemic worldview, and he explored principles of energy and material efficiency in the fields of architecture, engineering and design.
He cited François de Chardenedes' opinion that petroleum, from the standpoint of its replacement cost out of our current energy "budget" (essentially, the net incoming solar flux), had cost nature "over a million dollars" per U.S. gallon (US$300,000 per litre) to produce. From this point of view, its use as a transportation fuel by people commuting to work represents a huge net loss compared to their earnings.   An encapsulating quotation of his views might be: "There is no energy crisis, only a crisis of ignorance."
Fuller was concerned about sustainability and about human survival under the existing socio-economic system, yet remained optimistic about humanity's future. 
Defining wealth in terms of knowledge, as the "technological ability to protect, nurture, support, and accommodate all growth needs of life," his analysis of the condition of "Spaceship Earth" caused him to conclude that at a certain time during the 1970s, humanity had attained an unprecedented state. 
He was convinced that the accumulation of relevant knowledge, combined with the quantities of major recyclable resources that had already been extracted from the earth, had attained a critical level, such that competition for necessities was not necessary anymore.    Cooperation had become the optimum survival strategy. "Selfishness," he declared, "is unnecessary and hence-forth unrationalizable.... War is obsolete."
He criticized previous utopian schemes as too exclusive, and thought this was a major source of their failure. To work, he thought that a utopia needed to include everyone."

And Robert Theobald, (1929-1999), also saw another way out of the capitalist trap.   
Robert was a private consulting economist and futurist author.   In economics, he was best known for his writings on the economics of abundance and his advocacy of a Basic Income Guarantee.
He was a member of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Triple Revolution in 1964, and later listed in the top 10 most influential living futurists in The Encyclopedia of the Future.
Robert said: "My goal is to create a situation of full unemployment--a world in which people do not have to hold a job. And I believe that this kind of world can actually be achieved."

Can you say the current paradigm is working well for you, all the other humans with whom we share this world, and the planet herself? 

If we're not one of the comparative handful of people holding all the power and control currently, what have we got to lose in trying something different?

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