A Blast of Truth from a Pre-NAFTA Past

“When I was a boy we were taught that irreversibly we were moving toward progress, that material wealth and material prosperity would solve all our problems; it would improve our way of life and our civilisation. And we achieved the creation of material prosperity in a way which we would never have dreamt of, which made the economy grow 400%…

But what have we done? We’ve destabilized our society, we’ve increased umemployment massively, we’ve totally destabilised our cities, we’ve uprooted our countryside, we’ve increased crime. Every vital criteria needed for a stable society has become negative. Therefore something must be wrong. What has become wrong is that instead of the economy being there to serve us, we are there, adoring, serving economic indices.”

Sir James Goldsmith, Interview with Charlie Rose, 1994.

 

 

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