Friday, March 13, 2009

Ecological Economic Advisor

Subject: Economics, response desired

Dear Mr. President:

I voted for "change", not the same-old, same-old "Universal Demand Agenda" that Mr. Summers continues to spout. Show him and his cohorts the door and bring in a top economic advisor who "gets" that planet Earth is finite, fragile, and already badly damaged from Man's excesses of consumption, extraction, and subjugation.

There are a number of good candidates but I will suggest two: former World Bank Senior Economist Herman Daly and Dr. Manfred Max-Neef, a Chilean "ecological economist" with the great good sense to recognize that human needs are few, finite, and classifiable rather than infinite and insatiable.

Stop spreading the lie that we will be able to "grow" out of the messes that greed and growth got us into. We need to learn how to THRIVE, Mr. President! And that means becoming humble enough to need one another again.

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