Systemic Crisis and Systemic Change in the United States in the 21st Century: Framing the challenges of a next system after fossil fuels

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Organization: 
The Next System Project
Author: 
Gar Alperovitz, James Gustave Speth, Ted Howard, and Joe Guinan

The Next System ProjectThe challenge of mounting an adequate response to climate change has to be understood within the context of the larger systemic crisis facing the United States. The perpetuation of generalized austerity and the continued reliance on traditional— and manifestly insufficient—policy solutions which do not address the underlying drivers of inequality, poverty, and ecological overshoot is especially wrongheaded given the historically unprecedented productive capacity our nation enjoys, and the growing consensus on the fundamentals of post-scarcity monetary theory.

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As the ecological rift widens, we must recognize the incompatibility of core features of the current corporate capitalist system with a sustainable, just, and equitable future. We identify five key problematic drivers embedded in the current system— namely, the growth imperative; the centrality of consumerism; the reliance on extractivism; the dominant role played by corporations; and the weakening of democratic political control. Furthermore, the pronounced US tendency towards extremely unsustainable spatial patterns of development exacerbates these ecological and economic problems.

Table of Contents

The contours of long-term systemic crisis
The nature of the problem
Capitalism’s ecological rift
   I. The growth imperative
   II. Consumerism
   III. Extractivism
   IV. Corporate power
   V. Political control
Carbon costs of a broken development model
An explosion of institutional innovation
Can QE avert climate disaster?
Conclusion

Source: thenextsystem.org

Year: 
2016
Format: 
Document
Categories: 
Conceptual Frameworks & Approaches
Environment
International CED
Sustainable Development
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