Max-Neef: “We act systematically against the evidences we have.”

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Chilean economist and Right Livelihood Award winner Manfred Max-Neef appeared on Democracy Now with Amy Goodman last week and had a lot to say in 20 minutes, including laying out the guidelines and value statement below.


1. The economy is to serve the people, not the people to serve the economy.
2. Development is about people, and not about objects.
3. Growth is not the same as development, and development does not necessarily require growth.
4. No economy is possible in the absence of ecosystem services.
5. The economy is a subsystem of a larger finite system — the biosphere, hence permanent growth is impossible.

“No economic interest, under any circumstances, can be more important than LIFE in all its manifestations.”

Oh, and I’m bringing a ski mask to the parade party on Saturday if I can find one. Join me if you like.

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