This week we begin with a remarkable talk from Greenfest 2009: John Doscher
on Capitalism as Culture
. Next we begin reading chapter seven of Charles Eisenstein
's Ascent of Humanity
, where in he address the question of despair and optimism, and demurrage currency, a system of money that encourages cooperation and discourages accumulation.
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|One of the main purposes of this book is to speak to that despair. In answer, I offer a plausible and unexpected optimism. It is not a blind optimism that ignores the magnitude of our crisis, but a practical one that sees and integrates all the ugly facts of our world. It is optimism fully aware of the horror and suffering that are as old as civilization and that are approaching their feverish crescendo in the convergence of crises that is almost upon us.
— Charles Eisenstein, Ascent of Humanity