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This economic collapse is a ‘crisis of bigness’

November 9, 2011 • Daily Email Recap

Thanks to Ben Zuckerman for this article. Please see: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/sep/25/crisis-bigness-leopold-kohr

This economic collapse is a ‘crisis of bigness’

Leopold Kohr warned 50 years ago that the gigantist global system would grow until it imploded. We should have listened

Paul Kingsnorth

guardian.co.uk, Sunday 25 September 2011 16.00 EDT

Living through a collapse is a curious experience. Perhaps the most curious part is that nobody wants to admit it’s a collapse. The results of half a century of debt-fuelled “growth” are becoming impossible to convincingly deny, but even as economies and certainties crumble, our appointed leaders bravely hold the line. No one wants to be the first to say the dam is cracked beyond repair.

To listen to a political leader at this moment in history is like sitting through a sermon by a priest who has lost his faith but is desperately trying not to admit it, even to himself. Watch Nick Clegg, David Cameron or Ed Miliband mouthing tough-guy platitudes to the party faithful. Listen to Angela Merkel, Nicolas Sarkozy or George Papandreou pretending that all will be well in the eurozone. Study the expressions on the faces of Barack Obama or Ben Bernanke talking about “growth” as if it were a heathen god to be appeased by tipping another cauldron’s worth of fictional money into the mouth of a volcano.

To read the full article, please click here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/sep/25/crisis-bigness-leopold-kohr


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