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  •  We are up against Snyder. (2+ / 0-)
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    who is buying up and privatizing Detroit as we speak.

    Co ops help, but we need something or someone who can speak to the abject cruelty of what is being done by the 1% and stand for the weakest.

    I wish I had better answers.  Right now, I am feeling a bit hopeless this morning.

    Eco-socialism is absolutely the answer, but I fear people won't "know what they've got till its gone" (hat tip Joni Mitchell)

    I've been pointed to Herman Daly and steady-state economies to study next.  If it resonates with me, I will write more on that.

    ..the smoker you drink, the player you get....

    by Diane Gee on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 04:47:42 AM PST

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    •  Oh man, don't get me started about Snyder, Diane.. (2+ / 0-)
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      ...I lived in North Rosedale Park for a few years and spent many many hours down the road at the DIA. It absolutely incenses me what he is trying to do to that amazing city.

      Sorry to hear you're feeling a bit hopeless this morning, I can relate. I can't think of anything that would be a guarantee to lift your spirits at the moment, except maybe this email that arrived last night:

      From: MidMichigan Time Bank
      Subject: March group work project!
      To: xxxx and 71 More...
      Mar 2 at 7:39 PM
      Members Issac and Jennet are having a baby! they would like help next Saturday and Sunday March 8th and 9th starting at 1pm to paint the new nursery.
      The address is xxxx
      Hope to see you there!
      -The Time Bank Team
      I know it's just one little work project in one little timebank in one state in one.... but still... the point is that people are actively working to help build the New Economy that does not depend on or is answerable to the 1%. Which is not to say that I or any of us do not share your concerns that such undertakings do not address the point you raised. I think it is imperative that we do both simultaneously.  The less we rely on the 1% the more empowered we can be to confront and challenge them!

      In regards to eco-socialism and Herman Daly, there is definitely a lot of material to get acquainted with if you're going to tackle that topic! If you'd like to jump into what i consider to be where the current controversies are, here would be my advice to start.  The paper references all the debates that preceded it and proposes a very different solution from a neoclassical economic perspective that attempts to straddle the capitalism/socialism divide in a way i'd not seen before.  Of course, it does not address the basic Marxist labor theory of value concerns, only the central growth dynamic of capitalism, but you may find it useful nonetheless (not sure what aspect of this whole subject you are interested in covering, there are so many).  If it looks interesting to you and you can't find the paper in its entirety, feel free to PM me and i can send a copy of it to you via email.

      BTW, i love your website but have yet to have listened to any of your podcasts.  Is there any one of them that is a favorite of yours where I could start?  

      Have a better... no, have a splendid day, Ma'am!  :)

      Pessimism of the intellect; optimism of the will. - - Antonio Gramsci

      by lehman scott on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 07:33:52 AM PST

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      •  Thanks! (2+ / 0-)
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        on many levels, just thanks... :)

        I guess my first Noam and my first Ward Churchill are my favorites.  Ward was hilarious, Noam was generous. (he always is - he's coming back after st paddy's day for visit 7 with my show)

        Its kitchen table broadcasting, be warned, I have had no training, and dogs bark, and kids interrupt... it is what it is.

        :)

        ..the smoker you drink, the player you get....

        by Diane Gee on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 10:05:34 AM PST

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