In April 2020 during the In the first wave of COVID-19, the Amsterdam city government announced that it would recover from the crisis and avoid future ones by adopting the “donut economy” theory. The theory put forward in a 2017 book by British economist Kate Raworth is that 20th century economic thinking is incapable of dealing with the reality of a 21st century planet that is on the verge of Collapse. Rather than equating growing GDP with a successful society, our goal should be to integrate all of human life into what Raworth calls the “sweet spot” between the “social foundation” on which everyone has what they are good life needs, and the “environmental limit”. By and large, people in rich countries live above the environmental limit. Those in poorer countries often fall under the social footing. The space in between: this is the donut.
Amsterdam’s goal is to get all 872,000 residents into the donut to ensure everyone has access to a good quality of life without, however, putting more pressure on the planet than sustainable. To this end, under the direction of Raworth’s organization, the Donut Economics Action Lab (DEAL), the city is rolling out massive infrastructure projects, employment programs and new guidelines for government contracts. Around 400 locals and organizations have now set up a network called the Amsterdam Donut Coalition, administered by Drouin, to run their own programs at a Basic level. […]
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That day at Daily Kos in 2005– Why we can’t wait … and why we have to:
Historically, Americans are reluctant to say that going to war was a mistake. At no point during the 1991 Gulf War did a majority of Americans express this view. US forces had been in Vietnam for more than three years before a slim majority declared in 1968 that the war was a mistake. The number peaked in 1971 at 61%. That year President Nixon began withdrawing US troops in large numbers and handing over combat operations to the South Vietnamese. The last US combat troops left in 1973. After the end of the Vietnam War, the number of Americans who viewed this as a mistake rose to 71% in 1990.
The fact that the American public has doubts about the war in such a short space of time is remarkable … (Internet, si … Wurlitzer, no), but that doesn’t mean (as in the 2004 election) that The Public is ready to retire. It will happen. I think Iraq is already lost and the end point is inevitable. But 2006 can be a very realistic schedule.