Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Transcending our growth fetish, we must move beyond our consumerism and hyperventilating lifestyles. In the modern environmental era, there has been too little focus on consumption. The reluctance to challenge consumption has been a big mistake, given the global environmental and social costs of American extravagance and wastefulness.
Commitment to economic growth is consuming environmental and social capital, with a net loss, wherein quality of life is sacrificed to the GDP. The drive to grow the economy undermines families, jobs, communities, the environment, and national security. The misapplied policies of market capitalism have led to deep structural maladies. We need a new social narrative.
Confront consumerism. Engage environmental sustainability. Demand political accountability. Practice sufficiency.