Posted 5 months ago on Dec. 4, 2012, 10:32 a.m. EST by therising
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This article does a great job showing us WHAT NOT TO DO (and shows why STRONG GOVERNMENT is GOOD): http://transitionculture.org/2012/01/09/film-review-why-thrive-is-best-avoided/ . Besides being an accurate and very well written film review, it also serves the larger purpose of showing us how, while on the path of searching for solutions to legitimate problems, we can sometimes make a wrong turn into fantasy. And that wrong turn can actually PREVENT us from reaching very real solutions to our very real problems.
This is a really good 2 minute read from a respected British scientist that also hits on some of the ACTUAL solutions while at the same time offering a template / approach that may be useful in addressing all sorts of problems. If you are interested in the message of Occupy spreading, then you will get a lot out of reading this to see some clear pitfalls we must avoid.
So many in the nation have slipped into the error of thinking that government is the problem. This article points out that "the few countries in the world that are actually seriously engaging with the climate issue are those with stronger government, not weaker government." Strong government regulation could protect us from financial calamities like the 2008 crisis, protect our children from unsafe food and polluted water, protect workers from unsafe conditions, etc etc. The problem is that our government has been hijacked by the corporate forces that need to be regulated. So we shouldn't fall into the trap of being anti-government. We should fight against the corporate forces that corrupt our excellent system.
The government is us and should be us. And it is up to us to insist on that by taking action to remove corporate power from ruling our political system. How? Well here are some examples of what we could push for: http://www.occupywallst.org/forum/you-may-have-seen-this-list-of-8-practical-goals-b/ (of course there are specifics to fill in on content and methods but I think successful action on these items would make an enormous difference).