What made traditional economies so radically different
and so very fundamentally dangerous to Western economies
were the traditional principles of prosperity of Creation
versus scarcity of resources, of sharing and distribution
versus accumulation and greed, of kinship usage rights
versus individual exclusive ownership rights, and
of sustainability versus growth.
with one disposition, history has so far been a horrible
accumulation of oppression and suffering. Viewed with another
disposition, however, history has chronicled humans discovering
their own finer potentials and together mounting heroic
offensives to attain them - against monarchy, feudalism,
slavery, Jim Crow racism, apartheid, sexual subjugation,
second class citizenship, sexism, heterosexism, dictatorship,
one party rule, capitalism, and coordinatorism (calling
itself socialism) - and seeking, in their place, equity,
justice, and freedom. The gains humans have made have been
steady and plentiful. Now a major leap is possible. Consistent
with past efforts, we can now attain fully liberatory goals,
including, I think, participatory economics and also alternative
structures for polity, culture, and kinship. We have only
to make the effort.
-- Michael Albert
ago I recognized my kinship with all living things,
and I made up my mind that I was not one bit better
than the meanest on the earth. I said then and I say
now, that while there is a lower class, I am in it;
while there is a criminal element, I am of it; while
there is a soul in prison, I am not free.
I see an erring man, I say to myself I have also erred;
when I see a lustful man I say to myself, so was I
once; and in this way I feel kinship with everyone
in the world and feel that I cannot be happy without
the humblest of us being happy.
us at all times remember that all American citizens
are brothers of a common country, and should dwell
together in bonds of fraternal feeling."
strongest bond of human sympathy outside the family
relation should be one uniting working people of all
nations and tongues and kindreds.
people have a deep feeling of identification, sympathy,
and affection for human beings in general.
They feel kinship and connection, as if all people were
members of a single family.
I really want to say is that what the world needs is a feeling
Everybody: stars, laborers, blacks, Jews, Arabs - we're
~ Marilyn Monroe
is not the level of prosperity that makes for happiness
but the kinship of heart to heart and the way we look at
Both attitudes are within our power . . .
a man is happy so long as he chooses to be happy, and no
one can stop him."
~ Alexander Solzhenitsyn