Get the Word Out!

While trying to transition this blog onto a new platform, I will also be starting a new phase in my posts. Over the next few months I intend to move from the generalities of steady-state economics to the specifics; that is, we know that it’s good, but how do we get there and what does it actual entail? Well, we’ll start delving into the transition and the beautiful life on the other side of the transition.

To start that transition we need to talk policy and public opinion. I’ve posted before about pushing for political change, now it’s time we start taking actual action in that arena. One SSR-follower, Allen, has been writing to magazines and newspapers. With his permission, I’m posting a copy of his letter as an example of the types of pro-active work everyone of us could (and should) be doing. Please take this as an example and alter this type of letter to fit your recipient.

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Why the Stimulus Packages Will NOT Work

Recently congress passed the nearly $800 billion “stimulus” package (passed with strong republican opposition). For more information on the package itself, you can even go to the website devoted to it to learn more. There are many mixed views on it’s ability to help, harm, or do nothing to our economy. I confidently believe that it will likely be one of the latter two – harm or do nothing.

We may see a short upswing, perhaps even a temporary rebound, but it is likely to be years from now. We have yet to really see the impact of 3.6 million lost jobs until each one of those people run out of unemployment benefits – that’s when the proverbial shit will hit the fan.

However, this stimulus package is no better than using a bucket on a barn fire – any relief will be an illusion and not a fix to the real problem. The system doesn’t work, so the stimulus will not work. Consider the following…

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The Corporatism that is America

“By the people, for the people” not by and for corporations.

In Thom Hartman’s book What Would Jefferson Do? the author quotes Mussolini’s description of fascism as it “should more appropriately be called corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power.” This has long since happened in American politics – and has been deepening since a misrepresented court ruling in 1886 gave corporations rights equal to the rights of people. We allow them to lie, steal and kill to make a profit.

The original intend of our Founders and Framers was to limit the privileges of corporations as to protect the rights of the people. Not only did these corporations have definite life-spans and limits to there abilities, but the businessman running them could be held accountable for the actions of their group. Today, corporations can be “above laws” in the sense that they are fined for wrong-doing. So long as this fine works into the cost-benefit calculations, the law will be violated – even if it means death and destruction.

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The Political Push for a Steady State

These few first days of the president’s term in office have many people thinking. I am wondering what is being done for a moral economy, one that focuses on more than just “bailing-out” a broken system? The economy is so much more than our jobs and our money. The affects of our economy are felt on everything…

People are starving in countries where you cannot grown corn (or wheat, or rice, et cetera) to compete with the world market. Why? Because our government (and other industrialized governments) subsidizes corn so much that it can be sold at below it’s actual cost of production. On top of that, aid to countries in need of food is often too little too late because of our highly inept aid policies, which are corrupted with profits for agribusiness and shipping companies and little actual aid.

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The New New Deal

When Franklin Roosevelt initiated the first “New Deal” he pushed through reforms in the banking laws. Today we are faced with one of the most dire financial crises since the depression. Why? Because our system is broken. Most of us know this, but many feel as though it is still the only or best option we have for an socioeconomic model.

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Your Dollar Counts. Really Counts.

You may believe that a steady-state economy cannot happen. Or perhaps you have doubts about it’s full-fledged ability to “rule” as the new standard. Whatever the case, you are still a consumer to some extent, right? We still need to eat, you still need clothes, you still need certain things to conduct a happy life (regardless of whether you like the idea of needing stuff for happiness). Sometimes it is difficult to not buy the new and improved computer for work (or play)…

This underlying need to buy food, clothing, and other essentials (arguably, the computer is not really essential) – these are the very things that will keep our economy moving, especially as we transition into a sustainable economy.

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Follow the Money…

Money truly is the root of all evil. Or at the very least greed is the root of most evils…

Money is the reason we go to war. War profiteering is not just a buzz word. Halliburton is making billions in Iraq, all sanctioned by Vice President Cheney. He just happens to be a former CEO of the company, with a pretty fat dividend from his stock holdings in the company. Halliburton is building most of the military installations, engineering the “reconstruction” of Iraq. Oh, and they happen to deal in oil as well as construction. See a connection? Follow the money in the Iraq! (and elsewhere)

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