There has been quite a bit of discussion lately on what is wrong with the system and what needs to be changed. Liz Berry has suggested in her current blog that the problem is political, that both political parties are indistinguishable and that a third party would fix this. I agree with her assessment but have serious doubts about the cure. Jeffroby has suggested organization of the poor and middle class for some political mussel. And I agree with the organization part though I do not agree with the political part. And OhioGringo sites Robert Reich on the WPA and CCC – government spending.
All of these posts are good as far as they go but in my opinion they do not go far enough or do they address to root problem. First some unpleasant data. 48 percent of Americans believe that we will be in another Great Depression within a year, if we are not already. SOURCE
Another financial crisis is inevitable. SOURCE SOURCE SOURCE That real unemployment is getting worse and not better. SOURCE. The housing market is still in free fall. SOURCE SOURCE SOURCE
And to expect anyone in the federal or even the state governments to do anything to change this, is unrealistic at best. No one has in the last 4 years, why should they now ?
What I feel is necessary is organization on a community basis. Local among those of us in the lower strata for those of us in the lower strata. I get my cues and ideas not from some some ideological theories like Marxist communism but from situations that worked in the past. Like the tribal communities of the Native Americans and the Amish but updated to our current situation. It’s already being done but not in a collective manner but could be. Things like community gardens and food and medical cooperatives and free clinics. With organizations build around a truly democratic model where leaders and guidance are based on ones wisdom and creative skill. A system where everyone’s ability to contribute in some manner is valued and basic necessities are provided for. But small and flexible enough to move with any changing conditions. To be able to take what works and use it and to discard what doesn’t. A new value system based not on personal loss or gain but on respect and need.
Yes I know sounds pie in the sky. But I see it as a choice between this or and eventual decline into some Neolithic anarchy. We have the technology to do this – what it takes is commitment and the will to get ourselves out of this mode of feeling dependent on a system that see us only as article to be used and then tossed aside. We are interdependent and we all share the same needs and wants. That is what binds us.
Here is a link on alternative community economies.
And some links to other information including alternative currencies.