A market driven system of human endeavour, notwithstanding its wonderful plethora of choice, is by any yardstick of objective measure, not a sustainable method of human endeavour. It is founded on the core element of the market which revolves around endless consumption.
We see around us, in the litany of environmental destruction and increased marginalisation of human diversity - exacerbated since the Rio Agreement - the consequences of a single notion society. A society founded on the single notion of the market cannot reform itself, for to do so would dismantle the very reason for its continuation.
The only way to reverse this momentum towards 'who knows where' consumerism is through a concerted global political movement based on a reasoned reply to the present system.
Marxism, despite its detractors, offered some arguable response to the world of wants that we live in, being based on the concept of needs. No one as yet appears to have cottoned onto the fact that this is the only way to replace our present system. A system that does not function on the premise of endless wants effectively functions on the premise that particular spheres of our territorial existence remain ringfenced off from our intrusion, i.e. wildlife, the biosphere, public goods, etc. Nothing else, notwithstanding good intentions, will produce the results of contained society.
Engaging in reasoned dialogue now will enable us to consider and fine tune options to counter the seeming persuasiveness of market economics.
A reasoned dialogue at this stage will also enable us to counter the seemingly "romantic" and "reasoned" alternatives of grass roots pseudo-scientific ethnocentric radicalism now posing as popular alternatives for the disenfranchised members of our global community.
'Dismantling the Myth' contributed by 'RA' from New Zealand