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Talking Green: The Big Guy vs. The Little Guy

May 3, 2010

In all honesty, I’ve always been the type of person who roots for the little guy especially when it comes to green issues. Yet when it comes to most important issues today it seems increasingly obvious that the balance of power does not favors the little guy any more. Instead it seems more often than not the balance of power is lies in favor of corporations and banks whose interest do not reflect the common good.

Perhaps the ongoing scandals unfolding in the US with Goldman Sachs and Wall Street are getting to me. Yet I simply don’t understand why North American society has seemingly bound itself hand and foot at the feet of big business and the religion of neo-liberal economics. Our collective governments seem incapable of putting forward regulation and law that reflect the values of the people they govern.

Increasingly it seems that responsibility for the environment is being thrown at the feet of individuals. Instead of trying to effect legislation, frustrated citizens stick with their own small spheres of influence, relying on consumer power to vote for the change they want to see happen. Responsibility for the public sphere seems to have passed from the government, its representatives and servants into the court of everyday people everywhere in an unannounced Ayn Randian fashion by the function of economics. Everything today seems to be measured first by the yardstick of money and by the good of society last.

In the end, I think it’s increasingly obvious that the sacred cow of money and market economics is sick, dying and on its last legs. It’s not going to last much longer and in order for change to be effected people of the green persuasion need to be ready to step into the gap that its passing will leave behind. This means the little guy needs to figure out what life would be like if it grows up to be the big guy. Already, I think many of the basic ideas are falling into place. You only have to look at the rise of ideas like food security and sustainable economies in order to see the changes to come.

Get ready to be active and get ready to support organizations like Pebble in the Pond. They are they vision of things to come.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Judi permalink
    May 4, 2010 10:05 pm

    very good comment – it feels like we’re watching the fall of Rome

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