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ELECTION: Not left or right but local

Letter by Fred LaMotte, Steilacoom on June 27, 2012 at 12:55 pm | 30 Comments »
June 27, 2012 1:07 pm

Does it makes any difference whether we vote Democrat or Republican? Really?

Neither left nor right offer real solutions. The left demands bloated union contracts and entitlement programs, but America no longer produces enough to sustain them. The right promotes unregulated corporatism, which kills miners, pollutes oceans, promotes bank fraud and speculates with middle-class savings. Both sides promise a revival of past prosperity.

But in 1950, America was the world’s only industry. European and Japanese economies were ruined; Chinese and Third World technology was nonexistent. Wall Street accumulated unprecedented wealth from American workers, who were without competition, while labor unions garnered prodigious pension-benefit packages.

On one salary, an American worker afforded a suburban home, vacation, children’s college tuition and secure retirement. America also produced more waste and pollution than any previous empire.

That brief historical moment is over. Now the Third World outproduces us for less, making union contracts unsustainable. Wall Street generates neither jobs nor products, but phantom wealth consisting of nothing but our bundled debts. Capitalism has become debtism.

Socialism and capitalism are both failures. Don’t fix this economy: Replace it with something utterly new.

The solution is neither left nor right, but local. Replace the Federal Reserve with local nonprofit credit unions. Replace multinational corporations with worker-owned cooperatives. Replace national corporate cartels and their lobbyists with local agriculture and energy-production. Replace wasteful consumerism with simpler, sustainable lifestyles.

Choose the new economy before necessity forces it upon you. And if you vote at all, vote Green.

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