There is a conference beginning in Hiroshima Japan next week at which my co-author, Dr. James Rodger is presenting our paper on sustainable economics for peer review. Dr. Rodger and I feel like voices in the wilderness here at home in America.
I write daily stories, observing our political leadership in Washington DC struggle with such basic things as budget, funding, and scheduling. We have a mixed capitalist economic system that is intended to be a public and private partnership. It has become skewed and bipolar. All of the wealth is concentrated into the hands of a few. The counterbalance is supposed to be government regulation, but that isn’t working because representation has been corrupted by those with wealth and frankly, elected officials truly don’t understand modern economics.
The paradigm is shifting, driven by global dynamics that impose the need for change on all government systems and their economies. That is the subject of sustainable economics.
“‘As our planet gets warmer, as animals go extinct, as the humans get sicker, as our economies bail and our politicians grow ever more twisted,’ Americans just go shopping, Adbusters says on its Web site. Overconsumption is destroying us, yet shopping is ‘our solace, our sedative: consumerism is the opiate of the masses.’
‘We’ve got to break the habit,’ Mr. Lasn said in a telephone interview. ‘It will be a shock, but we’ve got to shift to a new paradigm. Otherwise, I’m afraid will be facing a new Dark Age.’
So says Kalle Lasn, 70, maestro of the proudly radical magazine Adbusters, published in Vancouver, British Columbia”
Dr. Rodger has a place for us on the agenda.
“Parallel Session 1
(100 Minute Themed Sessions & 45 Minute Poster Session)
MODELS & FRAMEWORKS OF SUSTAINABILITY
Sustainable Economies: An ILOWA Approach
James George, Association for Enterprise Integration, Arlington, Professor James Rodger, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Hooversville, USA
Overview: This paper pursues a sustainable economic model that preserves positive dynamics of capitalism, while improving collaboration between government and industry to engineer economic performance from optimizing returns on resources.
The International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability is held annually in different locations around the world, each selected for the specifically significant dialogues about sustainability underway in that location. Conference locations include Hiroshima, Japan, in 2013.”