FOR A RENEWED MONETARY SYSTEM
Senator Ron Paul in his final farewell address to Congress in November 2012 set out only too clearly what this picture could look like if governments persist in their present policies. He spoke of the need to change our entire monetary system, of reducing the continuous increasing levels of debt and learning to live more locally and simply, rejecting the idea of globalism for globalism's sake, instead of being on this current dangerous march towards global corporatism and even fascism with the obvious levels of unrest that will be experienced as a result.
Senetor Ron Paul also said that the illusion that wealth and prosperity could last for ever has ended and that prosperity for the middle classes was rapidly becoming no more than an abstract dream which required an intellectual awakening to take place. He said that a free society depends upon a virtuous and moral people and that there is a great need to debate what a virtuous and moral people would look like instead of continuously being faced with bigger government.
Dr Richard Heinberg, scientist and author, constantly addresses the question of energy and this huge potential costs required to maintain our global and local transportation systems. He speaks of the need for people to build resilience into their lives because there would undoubtedly be many more economic, climate and energy shocks to come.
He believes that what is required is a renewed form of capitalism that would not be built on independent money and a tax system that was built on consumption and not income. The people across the world who are being made to pay this huge crisis are not those who caused it.
It is nevertheless encouraging to see that despite everything, there are many young people who are beginning to grapple with the size of these problems and to acknowledge the reality and root causes. They are also beginning to understand that delayed gratification, responsibility and accountability are some of the key factors in looking for solutions. They are only too well aware that the political system is clearly broken and that it has been created by the wants and desires of the masses who somehow believe that they are constantly entitled to everlasting prosperity with government constantly providing security from cradle to grave without the need of a sense of responsibility to pay for it.
The growing number of conferences taking place across the globe is very encouraging. Young people are coming together to discuss their responsibility and accountability, and to grapple with these problems and seek solutions.
They understand the need to delay gratification and to walk around with their eyes wide open.