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#444#445#446#447 Episode #448 - Using What Works
(Capitalism and The Triple Crisis #6 and Principles & Practices for Systemic Change)


Smithu Kothari

Sun 1 February 2009  Senator Claire McCaskell (??), Catherine Austin Fitts, Thomas Princen, Jack Santa Barbara, Wes Jackson, Smithu Kothari
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Download Hour1 Download Hour2A 93 year old man froze to death in his home, not because heat was unavailable, but because money was placed between him and his needs, just as it stands as an obstacle to implement solutions that already exist to the ecosystem crisis.
This week we start with Senator Claire McCassell speaking on the hubris and greed of the US financial industry. Next we hear about the 93 year old man who froze to death because he could afford to pay his electricity bill. The Electricity company denied any wrong doing, stating that it was "up to neighbours to keep an eye on neighbours". Only 9 days after he died, the voted to increase the price of electricity.

We then here an interview with Catherine Austin Fitts about the systemic corruption in the US government and financial industry. We continue with our presentation from the Confronting The Triple Crises conference. We hear from Thomas Princen on the need for a new story. He uses the example of lobster fishers to illustrate a turning away from the deluded principles of perpetual growth and insatiability. This continues into our second hour.

Next we hear Jack Santa Barbara speaking about the systemic problems with capitalism, such as its inability to meet human needs, build community or respect nature's limits. Wes Jackson reviews human development as a story of exhausting natural resources, and argues that we need an alternative model to what he calls "petri-dish economics". Agriculture, he reminds us, is the number one destroyer of eco-systems. We conclude with Smithu Kothari recounting how his community in Indian finally decided that enough was enough, and stood up to resist the programs of economic 'development'. He highlights the importance of political autonomy in resisting the predation of capital.
Thanks to the International Forum on Globalization
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