The economic system, that is, the actual production and distribution of goods and services, is one thing; the financial system that controls it is quite another. Unfortunately, the two concepts have become conflated under the single rubric of “economics.” Contributing to the conflation is the practice of economists to pontificate about finance rather than economics.They […]
MONEY IS NOT THE SOLUTION TO OUR PROBLEMS; MONEY IS THE PROBLEM
Money is as pervasive as the air we breathe. It governs every aspect of our lives: where we work, where we live, how we live, how long we live. It consumes our thoughts, focuses our ambitions, colors our dreams, sparks our disputes, and stokes our anxieties. It’s here, there, and everywhere. No wonder it is […]
THE BEATLES AND THE MISSING (R)EVOLUTIONARY PLAN
Fifty years ago, I believed we were going to change the world. One of the popular aphorisms in those days was, “If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.” There were many of us who believed we knew the solution – “All You Need Is Love” – and that we were […]
HOW BAD DO THINGS HAVE TO GET?
. . . before people start thinking about a Plan B? What happens when the house of cards that is the world’s financial system finally collapses in a tangled heap of broken promises, worthless institutions, and clueless leaders? Where is Plan B? The objective of the Whole Earth Design Project is to produce Plan B. […]
AH, THE RICH! THEY ARE DIFFERENT FROM YOU AND ME
Oh, joy! Forbes’ annual billionaires issue just arrived, and it does not disappoint. You have certainly heard about the financial crisis. But let’s review: The cracks in the system began to appear in 2007, right about the time the stock market reached an all-time high in October of that year. By September of 2008, less […]
WHY THE WHOLE EARTH DESIGN PROJECT?
The objective of the Whole Earth Design Project is to design an ecologically and environmentally sustainable economic system capable of providing every individual on the planet with all of life’s essentials. Why? Here are two excellent reasons: Because we must. And because we can. Why must we? Because the present arrangement is not sustainable. If […]
INTRODUCING THE WHOLE EARTH DESIGN PROJECT
The WHOLE EARTH DESIGN PROJECT “You say you got a real solution. Well, you know, we’d all love to see the plan.” –The Beatles, 1968 The ultimate objective of this project is to design an ecologically and environmentally sustainable economic system that will provide every individual on the planet with all of life’s essentials, […]