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Ian Welsh. The BC salmon fishery is collapsing, just like the Grand Banks cod fishery already has. Once again, Charles Eisenstein:

Essentially, for the economy to continue growing and for the (interest-based) money system to remain viable, more and more of nature and human relationship must be monetized. For example, thirty years ago most meals were prepared at home; today some two-thirds are prepared outside, in restaurants or supermarket delis. A once unpaid function, cooking, has become a "service". And we are the richer for it. Right? ...

The crisis we are facing today arises from the fact there there is almost no more social, cultural, natural, and spiritual capital left to convert into money. Centuries, millennia of near-continuous money creation has left us so destitute that we have nothing left to sell.
Our forests are damaged beyond repair, our soil depleted and washed into the sea, our fisheries fished out, the rejuvenating capacity of the earth to recycle our waste saturated. Our cultural treasury of songs and stories, images and icons, has been looted and copyrighted. Any clever phrase you can think of is already a trademarked slogan. Our very human relationships and abilities have been taken away from us and sold back, so that we are now dependent on strangers, and therefore on money, for things few humans ever paid for until recently: food, shelter, clothing, entertainment, child care, cooking. Life itself has become a consumer item. Today we sell away the last vestiges of our divine bequeathment: our health, the biosphere and genome, even our own minds. This is the process that is culminating in our age. It is almost complete, especially in America and the "developed" world.

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Submitted by jumpjet on

I suppose at this point we would need to ban commercial fishing for at least a decade.

Submitted by gob on

things few humans ever paid for until recently: food, shelter, clothing, entertainment, child care, cooking

Most of those things were created by the unpaid labor of women.

The biggest opportunity missed by feminism: a feminist economics.

Submitted by lambert on

I couldn't agree with you more, gob on the missed opportunity. I keep asking, and there's no response at all. Which is crazy...

Submitted by regulararmyfool on

When I once planned on getting a doctorate in economics, I was researching the economics of very primitive people that were still in the hunter/gatherer tribe situation.

There wasn't a lot and I had to extrapolate from journals of observation. Not the best measurement, however, I could not find a single group of hunter/gatherers that spent more than 15 hours per WEEK securing all they needed.

The best evidence was of the really primitive tribes of aborigines in Australia's west and in the central highlands of New Guinea. Neither had anything like crops, nice houses, or any manufactured items except for what the investigators gave them in exchange for information, mostly machetes and knives.

We really do not need to work. We really do not need to work.

Needing to work comes from ownership of items, that leads to laws that favor the owners, that leads to needing to pay the people who administer the law and the next thing you know your country is 12 to 70 trillion dollars in debt and the thieves have not been even indicted.

Hell, there are people in prison for dealing less than $100 for an illegal drug that have longer sentences than the $68 billion dollar crook Madoff. This makes sense to people?

Wonder how much the aborigines in West Australia would charge me to come live with them?