What I worry about is climate change, because that would have untold effects that we can't even measure yet.
This erosion of the middle class is happening all over the place. The opening of a wider gap between rich and poor is always accompanied by such a process.
The Sierra Club in the United States has now really come out for population control and reduction.
How do we get democracy at the international level? That's our problem. and it's essentially the same problem people faced in the 18th Century when they tried to get democracy nationally. Now we need it internationally.
The real fight is about what should be in the marketplace and what should not. Should education be a marketable commodity? Should healthcare?
There's people coming in who've never done any politics at all, who've never been in a trade union, they've never been in a political party, they've never done anything, but they do feel a kind of urgency.
We're trying to run a 21st century society and economy with 19th century Darwinian, competitive, crude ideas.
It seems to be the thing now that young people are getting back into politics.
There is no degree of human suffering which in and of itself is going to bring about change. Only organisation can change things.
If you cut down a forest, it doesn't matter how many sawmills you have if there are no more trees.
If the economy becomes disembodied from society it can only lead to disaster.
The World Development Movement, to take just one example, is doing good work. Some political parties are, too.
As the rich consume more and more, they are clearly not going to want to downgrade their own status.
Much of what is called investment is actually nothing more than mergers and acquisitions, and of course mergers and acquisitions are generally accompanied by downsizing.
There are a lot of people who don't contribute anything to consumption and production.
The World Bank is now the biggest culprit in the debt crisis.
Having enough to eat, being able to educate your children, have reasonably stable employment, and being able to live in a society which isn't collapsing around you-all of these things have been generally eroded.
I'm a radical reformist, because between where we are and where I want to go there's a great deal of work, and I won't see the end of this.
Debt is such a powerful tool, it is such a useful tool, it's much better than colonialism ever was because you can keep control without having an army, without having a whole administration.
Whats immediately profitable is the only kind of logic that capitalism understands.
Markets cant think about anything beyond about three months. This is very long-term for markets, which is why the important things in life have got to be taken outside of the marketplace.
Redistribution of wealth would require enormous amounts of investment. The only time an elite has accepted this has been during crises, such as in America in the 1930s under Roosevelt.
The question is not only what is grown but what it's used for. There's not going to be a mass transformation of dietary habits in rich countries-on the contrary, the first thing people do when they become more prosperous is to buy more meat.
Now we are flying off into outer space, there is no clear curb on what can be done in the name of the economy.
What it missing, I think, is this notion of the common good.
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