The reality that our economy doesn’t seem to be working particularly well for much of America seems to be seeping into our collective consciousness. It’s a topic I’m seeing addressed in more and more outlets, which is good news. Of course the screaming question is “what to do about it?”
I enjoyed a wonderful conversation with friends the other night in which we discussed and debated that question. We didn’t arrive at any definite answers but we did start to agree on a couple of basic ideas:
- New conditions require new approaches;
- We have to stop the relentless reduction of value being assessed in dollars, and people being viewed as expendable units who’s primary purpose is to consume;
- localize, localize, localize!
But when I suggested raising the minimum wage, some folks balked. It was interesting. People immediately began listing the reasons why it couldn’t be done, which boiled down to: “folks at the top won’t let it happen” and “won’t it destroy jobs?”