Posted 7 years ago on March 14, 2012, 10:07 a.m. EST by jph
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Naomi Klein is interviewed about Climate Change and Political Ideology;
"It’s largely about changing the mix in a mixed economy. Maybe one day we’ll have a perfect “ism” that’s post-communism and -capitalism. But if we look at the countries that have done the most to seriously meet the climate challenge, they’re social democracies like Scandinavia and the Netherlands. They’re countries with a strong social sphere. They’re mixed economies. Markets are a big part, but not the only part, of their economies. Can we meet our climate targets in a system that requires exponential growth to continue? Furthermore, where is the imperative of growth coming from? What part of our economy is demanding growth year after year?
If you’re a locally based business, you don’t need continual growth year after year. What requires that growth is the particular brand of corporate capitalism — shareholders who aren’t involved in the business itself. That part of our economy has to shrink, and that’s terrifying people who are deeply invested in it. We have a mixed economy, but it’s one in which large corporations are controlled by outside investors, and we won’t change that mix until that influence is reduced."
Link to interview; http://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/node/1053
As always Naomi is so very insightful, worth a read.
Luckily the solutions are already here; Permaculture, Degrowth, Relocalize, SlowMoney, etc.