by Nick Andrea
Why do some economists continue evaluating our economy in terms of recovering to pre-2008 levels? Don’t they see that the system is broken, that it’s never going to be like that again? Don’t they get that the economic collapse of 2008 was nature pushing a giant reset button, as all the false bubbles burst, revealing the true status of our wealth as a nation and economic health as a society?
No, things will never return to what they were, pre-2008. I think what happened was a call for us as a society to change fundamentally the way we do business, allocate resources, and compensate workers and business owners.
Nor do I think things need to go back to the way they were, with our “fancy cars and our bank accounts,” as the song “Seek Up” by Dave Matthews Band tells of. I think things can be better as we learn to live with less useless junk, more efficient cars, homes, and factories, stronger communities and more sharing, less of a gap between rich and poor, and everybody having their basic needs as a human right so they, too, can develop their unique genius and contribute to a better planet for everyone.
So, let’s fire all those economists who can’t see the writing on the wall and hire people like R. Buckminster Fuller, who saw the possibility for us to, “make the world work, for 100% of humanity, in the shortest possible time, through spontaneous cooperation, without ecological offense or the disadvantage of anyone.” (Reference here.)