Lest it seem like I’m putting socialism above libertarianism, and the common good above individual achievement, I also see that as FIers mature into this freedom they find a balance between focus on themselves and service to community.
If society does muster the political will in time, the great eco-economic leap forward in cultural evolution could be complete in as little as a generation.
When we think of Iceland, thoughts of sustainable fisheries and renewable energy come to mind. Is that really an accurate picture?
One the key insights of Transition is that our local communities are vulnerable to the shocks that will certainly come from extreme weather, volatile energy prices and supply disruption, and global financial meltdown. A full and proper analysis of this vulnerability, in general and in the case of Totnes, is a far bigger project than will fit into a blog post. However, we can easily zero in on a big part of it, which is our dependence on the global economic system itself.