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Tue Jun 19, 2012, 05:37 PM

Building the New Economy: Ten Steps We Can Take Now


from YES! Magazine:



Building the New Economy: Ten Steps We Can Take Now
How to choose people, place, and planet over profit, product, and power.

by James Gustave Speth
posted Jun 18, 2012


Are we ready for a new economy?

And a new politics?

First, some definitions. I think we can define the new economy as one where the overriding purpose of economic life is to sustain and to strengthen People, Place, and Planet, and is no longer to grow Profit, Product (as in gross domestic), and Power.

And a new politics? No surprises here. A new politics in America is one that replaces today’s creeping corporatocracy and plutocracy with true popular sovereignty.

Well, then, let’s explore how we can begin the process of transformation to a new economy and a new politics. This afternoon, I want to offer 10 steps we can take now that would start us on our journey. Time is short, so here they are.

Step 1

The journey to a new political economy begins when enough Americans have come to two important conclusions. The first is that something is profoundly wrong with our current political economy—the operating system on which our country now runs. That system is now routinely generating terrible results—failing us socially, economically, environmentally, and politically. When big problems emerge across the entire spectrum of national life, as they surely have in our country, it cannot be for small reasons. We have encompassing problems because of fundamental flaws in our economic and political system. The second conclusion follows from the first. It is the imperative of system change, of building a new political economy that routinely delivers good results for people, place and planet. .................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.yesmagazine.org/new-economy/building-the-new-economy-ten-steps-we-can-take-now



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Tue Jun 19, 2012, 05:53 PM

1. I rec'd this article

because I agree in spirit...but it's quite long and could do with some bullet points (or just highlight the main ideas), maybe in a summary in the introduction then expand on each point in the body of the article.

But maybe that's just me, I like signposts in what I read so I can get a handle on it quickly and pull out the main points easily.

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