Before we can really address an economic system that is cruel and destructive, both to the people and the environment, we’re going to have to ask ourselves at some point: What to we hold sacred? What are we willing to protect, with our lives?
There’s a lot of centrist types who would probably answer something like: We hold our child, our families and our country sacred. Something like that, but it’s not true. Not really, really.
As a country we allow great numbers of our children to live in poverty and do nothing about it. We poison them regularly. We exploit them with debt, so either cut off their ability to have better lives, or, if they try, we burden them with debt before they even start. As a culture it’s a bald faced lie to say we hold our children sacred.