We need to widen our concept of what economic development is far beyond growth alone. We need to think about investing in the human wealth that sustains us, the natural wealth and the social wealth, because it's from these that everything that we generate in our economy flows.
It affects every aspect of our lives, is often said to be the root of all evil, and the analysis of the world that it makes possible - what we call 'the economy' - is so important to us that economists have become the high priests of our society. Yet, oddly, there is absolutely no consensus among economists about what money really is.
The amassing of unfettered wealth of individuals and corporations should stop. The inheritance of rich people's wealth by their children should stop. The expropriators should have their wealth expropriated and redistributed.
I'm very critical of political parties. I don't think they're needed in the world as it is now. They impede the development of individuals, they encroach on creativity and they impose absurd structures of discipline.
Promoting "normality" is a political choice that serves the powerful, while leaving the rest of us (i.e. "good citizens") dissatisfied and insecure ... Accepting yourself as you are is an act of civil disobedience.
A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at, for it leaves out one country at which humanity is always landing. And when humanity lands there, it looks out, and seeing a better country, sets sail. Progress is the realisation of Utopias.
Women - why aren't you running the world yet? Frankly I'm disappointed in you. Men are still far too dominant for their own good, and consequently we've made a testosterone-sodden pig's ear of just about everything: politics, the economy, religion, the environment ... you name it, it's in a gigantic man-wrought mess.
Britain can go down one of two routes now. One is to a future based on renewables, alongside greater investment in energy efficiency, where local communities have much greater say how their power is provided. The other is to a future based on polluting fossil fuels.
A person of good intelligence and sensitivity cannot exist in this society very long without having some anger about the inequality - and it’s not just a bleeding-heart, knee-jerk, liberal kind of a thing - it is just a normal human reaction to a nonsensical set of values where we have cinnamon flavored dental floss and there are people sleeping in the street.
The localisation movement is growing. At the heart of this movement is a very broad and very powerful local food movement that is gaining momentum around the world, accompanied by local business alliances, local energy, decentralised renewable energy systems and local finance.
Participatory democracy (Spain 1936-38) was a "strange and valuable" experience where one could "breathe the air of equality" and where normal human motives like snobbishness, greed, and fear of authority had ceased to exist.
1. Concentration of wealth yields concentration of political power. And concentration of political power gives rise to legislation that increases and accelerates the cycle.
2. Governments are not representative. They have their own power, serving segments of the population that are dominant and rich.
1. People respond in accordance to how you relate to them. If you approach them on the basis of violence, that's how they'll react. But if you say, 'We want peace, we want stability,' we can then do a lot of things that will contribute towards the progress of our society. [...] For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.
2. It always seems impossible until it is done.
The way in which this country has sided with the City of London against British manufacturing since the 1950s has had very serious implications with the economy of this country. You've actually screwed industry in order to keep financiers happy. Any sensible person right now would join an anti-capitalist organisation.
The challenge is to move as fast as possible to renewable energy and away from fossil fuels. The future is now. Is there really still a climate change debate going on? That was so 2004, it’s time to get on with it and focus on implementing the solutions. There is no need for discussion anymore, renewables are the future, it’s inevitable.