¶ 1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 One view of a new local economy for the USA is presented in a 5 minute, quality animated video. Although I have no objections to the scenario portrayed, it left me empty. Is this the New American Dream, a Lite Consumer Economy? Time freed up from employment is channeled into self employment for lite consumerism. The proposal continues our econo-centric paradigm. Yes, there will be more time for rewarding human relationships and artistic endeavors. It that IT, staying alive and enjoying it?
¶ 2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 It also implies that collaborating persons, in families and communities making this transition, will be sufficient to tame or fix the exploitive economy: MAKING IT HAPPEN. This proposal is very much out of context, as are most comtemporary visions and proposals for a positive future.
¶ 3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 This is a very delicate issue. Economic sustainability and positive human relationships including artistic facilitation ARE very important values. But, they are not enough, far from sufficient.
¶ 4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 If we are to survive/thrive we need a much more attractive vision, a vision commensurate with the complexity/scope/criticality of our dangers & opportunities. Even if humankind weren’t in the throes of internal collapse within the real threats of Earth Changes (more than global heating) and we didn’t have such psychopathic and dysfunctional leadership – our real challenges would still be very great.
¶ 5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 I am in full support of continuing the vision portrayed here, creating sustainable, lite, local communities; but not with expectations that such local actions will, themselves – eventually, lead to fixing our very sick societal system (local to global). Instead these actions can create living/working environments for those many others engaged in many other projects requisite for the whole change we need.