Alternatives to Killing People for the Economy

This is an important and accurate essay.

Cynthia Kaufman

As the U.S. begins to reopen after being shut down to protect us from spreading Covid-19, many people are beginning to talk about a choice between what is good for the economy and what will keep us healthy. Much pain and suffering has come as people have lost their livelihoods and their homes, and so we need to move quickly to put into place the things that will ensure that people have what they need to live. But rather than sacrificing people for the economy, we need to rethink what we mean by “the economy.” No one needs to be killed for us to have a healthy economy.

We live in a world where there is enough of everything we need for us all to live well, and to do so within the ecological limits of the planet. And yet, as the Covid-19 crisis has laid bare, the social systems…

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18 Responses to Alternatives to Killing People for the Economy

  1. Pingback: The Lorax, by Dr Seuss | Wibble

  2. Dr Bob Rich says:

    Sound Eagle, WordPress still won’t let me respond to responses for some reason.
    I did inspect you cartoon and left a “Like.”
    What more is there to say beyond complete agreement?
    🙂

    Like

  3. Dr Bob Rich says:

    Sigh. Colin, I still can’t answer your new answer. No, Ascending Spiral is complete in itself. It starts 12,000 years ago, and ends in 2013.
    🙂

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  4. Dr Bob Rich says:

    Pendantry, for some reason WordPress stopped me from replying to your reply. CENSORSHIP!
    So I went to the comments thingie under “My Sites” and answered from there. My reply still doesn’t show up.
    THIS IS A CONSPIRACY.
    What I wrote was, I have personally (re)-experienced two past lives off earth. My original form was a planet-sized person somewhere. My immediate last life was as an intelligent walking plant on some tropical hellhole of a planet. It’s all in “Ascending Spiral” http://bobswriting.com/ascending.html

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  5. Powerful article. If only those who need to listen will listen – and not just listen, but act..

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  6. acflory says:

    Thanks, Bob. A brilliant article. I reblogged it on Meeka’s Mind.

    Stay well.

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  7. pendantry says:

    Thanks for that pointer to that thought-provoking article. We really do need to have a complete mind-shift to get out of the mire… I don’t know how that can be accomplished though, given how much inertia there is built up in the existing economics mindset.

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    • Dr Bob Rich says:

      Well, her ideas are not new, but, as her referencing shows, well-established and even tested concepts. I’ve been singing the same song for decades, based on the same evidence.
      And the reason it has had no effect was very well stated by Dr. Seuss in “The Lorax:”
      Business is business, and business must grow,
      Regardless of crummies in tummies, you know.

      We all know how that ended up.

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