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Thursday, October 3, 2013

...it's time to replace 'More' with 'Better'...The Story of Solutions

"(W)hen it comes to our economy, most Americans also believe that more is always better. More, in this case, is what economists call growth and we’re told that a bigger GDP—the way we measure economic activity—means we’re winning. But unlike in the TV commercial for that phone company, it’s a little more complicated. To economists, there’s no distinction between money spent on Stuff that makes life better and money spent on Stuff that makes life worse. GDP treats both the same. If GDP goes up, we’re told we’re golden—even though it doesn’t actually tell us a thing about how we’re really doing as a society. In what I call the ‘Game of More’, politicians cheer a steadily growing economy at the same time as our health indicators are worsening, income inequality is growing and polar icecaps are melting.

But what if we changed the point of the game? What if the goal of our economy wasn’t more, but better—better health, better jobs and a better chance to survive on the planet?  Shouldn’t that be what winning means? Changing the goal of the entire economy—from more to better—is a huge task. We can’t do it all at once. But by focusing on game-changing solutions, we can steadily build an economy that values things like safer, healthier and more fair as much as we currently value faster, cheaper, and newer."

 http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/10/02-2