Evo to America: “Live Well, Don’t Live Better”

This quote is from one of the best, most thorough and well-researched pieces I have read about the deep roots of the crisis that we now face, and how tinkering will not solve anything.   Seriously, grab a cup of coffee, take a deep breath and sit down and read this:

What Every Environmentalist Needs to Know About Capitalism

“Living better is to exploit human beings. It’s plundering natural resources. It’s egoism and individualism.  Therefore, in those promises of capitalism, there is no solidarity or complementarity. There’s no reciprocity.  So that’s why we’re trying to think about other ways of living lives and living well, not living better.  Living better is always at someone else’s expense. Living better is at the expense of destroying the environment.”

-Bolivian President Evo Morales, Copenhagen, December, 2009

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