We should strive but also be realistic

Samuel Alexander lays out for us the best program / strategy / project / mindset:


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Now, how to proceed:

We should keep in mind those ideals. It’s right livelihood to strive for best practices. All of that can inspire us, motivate us, and give us some solace that, in the long run, a “greening of society” can be achieved.

But in order to avoid burnout, disappointment, dejection we should recognize a realistic perspective about our movement, our goals, our ideals. For myself, the very last instance of having too much hope was in regard to Kathryn McCamant’s “500 Communities” project launched in 2015:


Katie originally projected the construction of 500 new ecovillages and cohousing communities nationwide within ten years. Now, seven years later, the result is more like 50.

The snail’s pace of achievement in regard to so many initiatives like that (and like Transition Towns, Green politics, etc.) will also characterize what Samuel Alexander is laying out for us. Not only will the pace of transformational change be slow, but surely we’ll encounter more in the way of cataclysm than regeneration for much of the period of The Long Emergency.

We should strive for Samuel’s “Post-Capitalism by Design, not Disaster.” Yet I’m afraid most of the needed devolution will actually come about due to the latter.


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Steven Welzer

The editor of Green Horizon Magazine, Steve has been a movement activist for many years (he was an original co-editor of DSA’s “Ecosocialist Review”).