15 Jul '11, 7pm

How to build a sustainable economy, lessons from the Nearings:

How to build a sustainable economy, lessons from the Nearings:

The stimulus package has passed - and despite whether you are pushing tax cuts or waving the flag of infrastructure spending, perhaps its worth reconsidering the underlying goal either version looks to achieve: growth . I’m not the first to propose that our entire economic system is in need of an overhaul , but thinking back even further, I think we could take a leaf from Helen and Scott Nearing. The Nearings moved from New York City to a Vermont homestead in 1932 because they perceived the capitalist economy was failing due to fundamentally bad underlying principles. Essentially what they started in the New England countryside was a small farm, with a cash crop - maple syrup - which made enough money to help them buy building supplies, seed and necessities. Now, reading their book, Living the Good Life, during the current economic crisis, I cannot help but wonder the same...

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