Congrats on your article Sarah van Gelder.
I think there are more than a few of us who are wrong on much more than we would care to admit.
But here are a few observations of late - thinking on Finland’s status as a best-practice nation, thinking on the Cassini Mission wrap ups, on the cutting edge developments in science, more and more of which are not only inter-disciplinary, but inter-national, and on a very few political economy breakthroughs:
Education - real up to the minute education - seems to me the golden key. It is no coincidence I think that scientists are amongst the most truly progressive of progressives.
I have two books that seem to me to represent the way forward, one by Sarah’s husband, David Korten (“Change the Story - Change the Future”); and (“What Matters ? Economics for a Renewed Commonwealth”), by Wendell Berry, and introduction by the steady state, ‘economics in a full world’ economist Herman Daly.
Greece’s Yanis Varoufakis and his “DIEM_25” initiative also looks forward, rather than backward.
“This is a state where Bernie Sanders won 72 of 73 counties because he “connected with people who are struggling,” she said.” (from the article)
Struggling - a very human condition - not to be lightly taken - or even thought of as something to be gotten rid of.
Affluence is a killer, as pointed out by none other than John Steinbeck:
“If I wanted to destroy a nation, I would give it too much and I would have it on its knees, miserable, greedy and sick” (letter to Adlai Stevenson ca 1960).
or Theodore Roosevelt:
“I wish to preach, not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of the strenuous life.”
or Sigmund Freud:
“Life is impoverished, it loses its interest, when the highest stake in the game of living, life itself, may not be risked.”
By struggle I do not mean extreme poverty - but the American Dream is false - ignoble.
As in the climbing of mountains, the ‘struggle’ upwards is mis-characterized as work - it is what we are meant to do. We are by millions of years of evolutionary design strong and resourceful, acclimated to the great outdoors and all of its dangers, and truly impoverished and diminished, “sick & miserable”, if we pursue the American Dream.
So - “Change the Story - Change the Future” ~
Many in Calgary