betacity


other people and other societies
July 19, 2010, 10:15 pm
Filed under: Cities, density, Suburbs

Kunstler calls for a paradigm shift in thinking about our material resources if we are to contain debt and live well in a good economy.  From The Geography of Nowhere:

These issues will not enter the public discourse until something of a paradigm shift occurs in American society.  By paradigm, I mean a comprehensive world view shared by a critical mass of citizens.

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I do foresee a necessary change, however, in our effort to create a capitalist economy appropriate to our circunstances — namely, a sustainable economy as opposed to our present exhaustive economy.  And we can’t have a sustainable economy unless we build a physical setting to house it.  The physical setting we presently dwell in itself exhausts our capital.  It is, in fact, the biggest part of the problem.  The future will require us to build better places, or else the future will belong to other people and other societies.

J. H. Kunstler, The Geography of Nowhere, p. 246

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