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#392#393#394#395 Episode #396 - Toward a Moral Economy
(Why Preserving the Status Quo is Not An Option)

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Sun 3 February 2008  Gar Alperovitz, Andrew Kimbrell, Mark Schapiro
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Download Hour1 Download Hour2 A few weeks ago on the show I played for you UK scholar Nafeez Ahmed's tour de force overview of the converging crises now coming to a head in the globalized system of industrial capitalism: climate catastrophe, peak oil, food scarcity and economic dysfunction. Ways forward through this will be the focus of the program this week.
In a recent entry on his blog, Nafeez Ahmed summarized the situation:

"This global system is hugely destructive of human life. Devoid of the capability to recognize and enact ethical values, it is driven purely by the imperatives of profit, efficiency, growth, and monopoly. Consequently, it is not only destructive of human life; it is destructive of all life, nature, and even itself. It is now generating multiple crises across the world that over the next 10-15 years threaten to converge in an unprecedented and unimaginable way, unless we take drastic action now."

The question is how do we take action, what action should we take, what vision guides our action. As a variety of speakers presented on this program have made clear, preserving "bu$ine$$ as usual" is not a workable goal, because it is "bu$ine$$ as usual" that is a main part of the problem.
Thanks to http://tamethecorporation.org and Mike McCormick of Mind over Matters
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