This is a discussion that has relevance to any number of places around the world as the so called free world devolves into wage slavery and unsustainable hyper capitalism. The discussion comes about 40 years too late for those of us in North America, where embracing a “service” or “knowledge based” economy, gutted our middle class and made debtors of us all. Frame the argument in terms of sustainability, quality of life and least harm to people and the planet and you will surely fare far better than we have here. Do not believe the lie that producing quality durable goods locally is not worth doing because they can be produced by poor unfortunates elsewhere who must or will work for a pittance. You can not shop and consume your way to an enduring prosperity, but if wiser heads prevail, you just might build it and keep it, with willing strong hands and unclouded minds.
Professor Mike Danson of the University of West of Scotland and Oxfam’s UK Poverty Programme host a seminar series in Scotland under the theme: Whose Economy? This series was held over autumn and winter 2010 and 2011 in Edinburgh, Inverness, Glasgow and Stirling.
Further details at http://www.oxfam.org.uk/get_involved/Flyer_updated_10_January_2011.pdf
“The Whose Economy?seminar series brings together experts to examine key developments that have influenced the livelihoods of
communities in Scotland and, from the perspective of vulnerable communities, explore the implications of structural changes in the Scottish economy. The focus of the series is a questioning of what economy is being created in Scotland and, specifically, for whom? Persistent poverty exists in Scotland alongside high economic prosperity, leading to gross disparities in income and wealth, and life chances and lifestyles. Poverty and inequalities have historical and structural roots: changes in the Scottish economy in recent decades have seen a shift from manufacturing…
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