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  1. Jeff White July 24, 2013 at 3:42 am |

    This deeply flawed document says nothing about energy production and usage, except to talk about drastically reducing fossil fuel use, while ridiculing the idea of using solar and wind power to meet our needs. Does the Greens/Green Party USA see a carbon-free energy future at all?

    The document has an air of utopianism about it. Its strategy for change appears to rely heavily on government laws and regulations, even though the Greens/GreenParty USA eschews participation in the political arena. Its prescriptions for change are not rooted in the actually existing struggles of working people to improve their lives – probably as a result of the Greens/Green Party USA’s tiny size and isolation from those struggles. Where do feminist and anti-racist concerns come in, for example? Are they not an integral part of creating “true democracy and a green society”? And to read this document you would think that the war on drugs is at the root of the “racial caste system”.

    The document prescribes a shorter work week but skirts around the number one issue: a corresponding increase in hourly wages. It’s not even a “30 for 40” program; it’s a 30 for 30 program, with free medicare, tripled pension benefits, and a moratorium on home foreclosures thrown in. We’ve seen this before from Mr. Fitz. It’s a poorly-disguised austerity program.

    Simplistic analyses abound. Apparently the problem with the production of consumer goods today is that they fall apart easily, because we’re not applying sufficiently sophisticated technology in our manufacturing processes (or I guess it’s the Chinese who are the culprits). All we need to do is “require” that all products be manufactured to last “as long as is technologically possible”. Get ready for waterproof cell phones made of titanium! (And according to Don Fitz I’m the one who’s into “technofixes”!)

    The question of political and economic power is given short shrift: apparently some form of workplace democracy is to decide what to produce and how to produce it. Nothing is said about overall planning of the economy as a whole, or the ownership of capital. Is this vision anything more than a social-democratic welfare state with a severe degrowth agenda?

  2. F White July 23, 2013 at 9:34 am |

    Transition Communities worldwide have moved well beyond ‘talking’ about and ‘planning’ next steps to economic and ecological sanity and are actively engaged in “Just Doing Stuff.”

    To find out more about “The Power of Just Doing Stuff” — the title of Transition co-founder Rob Hopkin’s new book, check out “Worldwide, people are deciding that the well-being of their local community and its economy lies with them” at http://snipurl.com/27hvfmv

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