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la.curbed, 21.01.14.

The driving force behind mass production is a cult of the individual. What motive can there be for the expansion of the economy on a global scale, other than the desire for personal and corporate profit?

In contrast, a locally based economy enhances community spirit, community relationships, and community well-being. Such an economy encourages mutual aid. Members of the village take care of themselves, their families, their neighbours, their animals, lands, forestry, and all the natural resources for the benefit of present and future generations. 

Satish Kumar: Gandhi’s Swadeshi - The Economics of Permanence

» Abercrombie & Fitch, Ralph Lauren, H&M Linked to Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals, Says Greenpeace

Looks like Abercrombie & Fitch has another “situation” on deck, only this time it has nothing to do with getting the cast of Jersey Shore to doff its merch. The American retailer is among 14 global brands Greenpeace is calling out for allegedly releasing hormone-disrupting chemicals—specifically nonylphenol ethoxylates—into the environment. Used as surfactants in textile production, NPEs subsequently break down to form toxic nonphenol, an endocrine disruptor that builds up in the food chain and is pretty nasty even at minute levels…

“By failing to take action to eliminate these chemicals, global brands like Adidas are expecting customers to do their dirty laundry for them,” Li says. “Every time clothes containing these chemicals are washed, hazardous substances are released into waterways across the world.”

ecouterre, 23.08.11.

I have no problem with capitalism. I have no problem with a market economy.
But I find the way the financial system is functioning deeply unethical.
We shouldn’t bail out the banks. We should bail out the people.

Herbert Haberl, 51, Berlin.

Occupy Wall Street Protests happening all around the world! nytimes, 15.10.11.

The best we can hope for is that we can change the political climate to make it harder for politicians to rule in the interests of the few.

Jack Copley, 20, a student at the University of Birmingham who was protesting in London. 

Occupy Wall Street Protests happening all around the world! nytimes, 15.10.11.

» "The Great Disruption", "The Great Shift"

Paul Gilding, the Australian environmentalist and author of the book “The Great Disruption,” argues that these demonstrations are a sign that the current growth-obsessed capitalist system is reaching its financial and ecological limits. “I look at the world as an integrated system, so I don’t see these protests, or the debt crisis, or inequality, or the economy, or the climate going weird, in isolation — I see our system in the painful process of breaking down,” which is what he means by the Great Disruption, said Gilding. “Our system of economic growth, of ineffective democracy, of overloading planet earth — our system — is eating itself alive. Occupy Wall Street is like the kid in the fairy story saying what everyone knows but is afraid to say: the emperor has no clothes. The system is broken. ..”

friedman, nytimes, 12.10.11.

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