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Is there an alternative to constant economic growth?

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Shame on us. Don't we pride ourselves on being the world leader? Aren't we supposed to be the example? How can we ignore that it was our banks that almost totalled the planetary economy. For a long time we were the greatest polluter of the atmosphere, which, after all, we share with all Life on earth. Now China has surpassed us with a fraction of a percentage, but their population is three times ours, and they are much "greener' than we are. Where are the millions of green jobs the president promised? What is going on? Are we all asleep? Is the minority party closely tied to Big Money more powerful than the political majority? It certainly seems that way. Can't we understand that the enormous unemployment figures might have something to do with the fact that we don't make anything any more, we have outsourced our manufacturing jobs. The enormous debt that politicians suddenly worry about must have something to do with the extremely expensive wars we have been fighting for the past nine years. Where is the will to do something for the 15 million or more unemployed women and men in the richest country on earth? (If we still are; probably not). Why can't we do something about the millions of foreclosures? What's wrong with taxing where the money is? When are we going to be honest about why we are fighting two or more wars and maintaining a thousand bases across the globe? Is the president actually going to do what he promised to do: change Washington?


Or, are we so scared by the one word answer to all questions, "security," that we keep quiet while the corporations plunder what they have left of our earth and by doing that wipe out our future?

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robert wolff lived on the Big Island, called Hawai'i

his website is wildwolff.com He passed away in late 2015. He was born in 1925, was Dutch, spoke, Dutch, Malay, English and spent time living and getting to know Malaysian Aborigines. He authored numerous books including What it Is To Be Human, (more...)
 

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