Monday, September 22, 2008

Obviously Wall St

Further to my last blog, I see this from former London
mayor Ken Livingstone in a recent Guardian survey of
left-wing reaction to Wall St’s latest crisis:

As a system for the distribution and exchange of
goods, you can't beat the market. But the mistake
a lot of politicians have made is to think that
because the market was good at that, it could be
good at everything: it could train workers, create
infrastructure, protect the environment, regulate
itself. Quite obviously, it can't.

Which says, in much more everyday language, exactly
what Habermas and Gorz are saying.

In the same survey Caroline Lucas, a Green member of
the European Parliament, says the way forward is a Green
New Deal. Google this term and you’ll find a bunch of
bold ideas being put forward by a British group of which
Lucas is a member. The aim is to work with the "green
economic shift," not against it, by building a new alliance
between environmentalists, industry, agriculture and
unions that will "put the interests of the real economy
ahead of those of footloose finance." Works for me. Can
we have one of those in New Zealand, please?


Tom Barker said...

Thanks for drawing my attention to the Green New Deal, Denis. Works for me, too. I'll be looking around for people who can discuss applying the same ideas in a local context. Far moire inspiring and cogent than either of the two major parties' so-called 'visions'.

Steve Withers said...

Rather than being hopeful, thousands of people are actively working for a Green New Deal (whatever name you care to hang on it).

Party Vote Green.....

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