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the world is upside down
October 10, 2011, 5:30 pm
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Margaret Thatcher said there is no such thing as a society.  Weird, right?  Her generation of leaders also told us that resources were limitless.  So no need to build cities and the like and limitless amounts of resources to go around.  Go wild.  And we did.

Of course now we know that the opposite is true, that resources are limited and that probably the best way to responsibly use them is to build a highly prescribed and defined ‘society.’

Naomi Klein describes how wrongheaded we have been in the following statement form her article in the Nation:

We all know, or at least sense, that the world is upside down: we act as if there is no end to what is actually finite—fossil fuels and the atmospheric space to absorb their emissions. And we act as if there are strict and immovable limits to what is actually bountiful—the financial resources to build the kind of society we need.

The task of our time is to turn this around: to challenge this false scarcity. To insist that we can afford to build a decent, inclusive society—while at the same time, respect the real limits to what the earth can take.

Occupy Wall Street: The Most Important Thing in the World Now, Naomi Klein

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