January 12, 2012

What we call the “culture” should be the main restrain on the capital reflux found in areas of regular consumption. Culture should shape the desires and expectations of local use like food, clothing, and housing. The confusion of culture and capitalism is one of the central dysfunctions of the current system. Culture is also a form of reflux that potentially can elevates daily functions to a sense of meaning, joy, and celebration.



January 4, 2012

One the principle binaries that must function in our thinking is the relationship between the local and the cosmopolitan.  There is a fundamental difference between local human wants that are defined by the cultural and social context where they are shaped and realized and those that seem to transcend any particular moment and situations.  Desires (like health c are, education and, at least certain technologies) speak to our humanness.  There in no reason to homogenizes these differences, even if  they call out to be resolved on a philosophical level.


December 29, 2011

While I have argued that distributive economies must be heterogeneous, I would also argue that there are at least to economic premises that should cut through all variations of the economy. They are 1) the concept of sustainability and  2) the acknowledgement of commonwealth. Much more needs to be written about sustainability, but I would only say here that it is not “sameness.” It is not a mechanical or scientific principle of invariability. Sustainability does not oppose forms of growth and development and, in fact, in human systems, the two are always intertwined. The second–acknowledgement of commonwealth–is not a precise measure, but a governing function of our thinking.