Mapping the New Economy
by Chuck Lynd
It’s a fascinating, unpredictable, chaotic, and confusing time to be alive. On the surface, it seems we have made quite a mess of things. You know the litany of problems: income inequality, climate change, intractable wars, and a global economy that seems to work for the few, not the many. We humans are the most disruptive species ever, but our creativity and innovation are working below the surface chaos. We’re busy making the changes necessary for a successful transition to a new economy – one that is less focused on profit for its own sake, more local, sustainable, and accountable to community needs..
MMT Economics Offers Key to Funding New Economy and Green, Progressive Agenda
by Chuck Lynd
Do you see the goldfish swimming upstream in the logo above? That’s MMT, or Modern Monetary Theory. They are the Young Turks advocating a new (sort of) approach to macroeconomics. They are knocking on the doors of academics and policy makers who are guarding the economic gates of a system that is failing us and in serious need of fiscal repair. Swimming upstream can be tiring and frustrating. We must remember Gandhi’s wise counsel.
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. ~ Gandhi (who won India from the British empire)
Gandhi’s dictum sums up the process of social change, whatever the cause. The great majority of people, in the US and around the globe, have suffered under the established neoclassical approach to economics for decades. The good news is that a new approach is in the wings, challenging the status quo in academia and in government policy as well.
The arrival of this new approach comes at a most propitious moment. Public awareness that economic globalization is the root cause of multiple social problems has entered the mainstream through the US presidential campaigns of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders and Britain’s vote to leave the European Union. The promise of “free trade” of goods and services to support a worldwide consumer society has turned sour. Ordinary people, the 99% as we now say, are waking up to the downside of Read more →
To the editor:
I respond to letters published in The Gazette on Monday, Jan. 18, from Sherrod Brown (“TPP puts Ohio auto jobs at risk”) and the letters about the closing of Buehler’s grocery store from the staff and from Jeff Ruhl.
Jeff Ruhl commented, “We could never understand how city planners could approve a Kroger store so close to Buehler’s and not have a devastating effect.” Ruhl also observed that downtown Delaware was once full of locally owned stores, but then Wal-Mart came to town and “our family stores started to disappear.”
Steve Ponton joined Simply Living last year and a couple of months ago he mailed this well thought out reflection on the implications of the trend toward decentralization and a new focus on strengthening our local communities. It was too long for a newsletter article but we decided to share the entire 9-page essay because Steve hits on so many themes that are central to SOLE Coalition’s mission to support economic localization to strengthen our communities. He organizes the paper in several sections to address Current Trends; the Green Economy; potential Roadblocks (especially Globalization); the Big Five Current Issues (stagnant economic conditions, climate change, energy, security/wars, and income inequality) and he ends with some thoughts about “Growth and Globalization.” You can also download the attached PDF version of the essay.
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This is the full article on recycling written by Pam Patsch. A shorter version appeared in the August 2014 Simply News. This engaging article includes a Recycling Quiz to test your knowledge about items than can and cannot be recycled in Columbus. Then Pam also includes a list of items that Rumpke will accept as well as those that cannot be recycled (yet). Pam is not satisfied with the list of items that the city will not accept, so she lists resources that can take hard to recycle items like styrofoam, prescription meds, plastic plant containers, stuffed animals, and more.
Buying local is all the rage, but it means different things to different people. Learn what being a locavore means to the economy, the environment, your health, and your community to find out where you fall on the go-local scale.
Sometimes trends become so popular so fast that we don’t have time to figure out what they actually mean and if they’re a good idea. Buying local is the perfect example. It’s so roll-off-the-tongue catchy that it’s become synonymous with supporting the economy, environment, and community. And if you’re talking about food, it sounds healthy, too. But just what does it really mean?
“Belonging or relating to a particular area or neighborhood, typically exclusively so”
Definitely vague. What’s a “particular area?” Is it a district? A city? How big a city? What about a province or state? What about a country or even a continent? Read more →
Sustainable Clintonville member Jodi Kushins and her family and friends operate “Over the Fence,” an urban farm in Columbus. Over the Fence is dedicated to experimenting with, mastering, and sharing techniques for growing food that promote self-reliance and sustainability, and support our consumption of more fresh and locally harvested food. Toward these ends, our farm serves as a demonstration site for season extension practices, vertical gardening, and permaculture design.