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A reality check: a mad economic system

30/05/2014

The inescapable failure of a society built upon economic growth and its inevitable destruction of the Earth’s living systems are the two central and overwhelming facts of our time.

Yet they are mentioned nowhere in our corporate-owned and controlled mainstream media. They are the 21st Century’s great taboo realities, and also the subjects guaranteed to alienate your friends and neighbours if you should make the mistake of talking about them. And so it is that we live as if trapped inside a Sunday supplement: obsessed with fame, fashion and the three dreary staples of middle class conversation: recipes, renovations and resorts. Even worse: the trials and tribulations of the beautiful, rich and famous. Anything but the topics that cry out for our attention, but which the large majority of us still cannot bear to face.

Continued economic growth and increasing consumption is regarded as sane, normal and unremarkable so that it isn’t worthy of discussion, challenge or even mention. And that’s one good way to understand the depth of this problem: by the inability of most people to discuss or seriously consider it.

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