RFK on GDP. {NSFW}

Via on Sep 11, 2012

There’s more to the measuring the health of a Nation and its People than Economic Growth & Progress. And, there’s less. Progress brings with it problems, as well as benefits. Recessions actually have positive side effects, along with the many negative ones. And there are other factors that don’t have dollar signs attached: access to safe streets, good education, real food.

With thanks for the tip on the below to Daniel Epstein:

“Robert Kennedy on GDP in 1968… his words are even more true today (2 minute speech)”

For more: Gross National Happiness is the alternative, and a better and more meaningful and effective alternative.

About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | facebook.com/elephantjournal | twitter.com/elephantjournal | facebook.com/waylonhlewis | twitter.com/waylonlewis | Google+ For more: publisherelephantjournalcom

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3 Responses to “RFK on GDP. {NSFW}”

  1. [...] just a variation on the theme advanced by both parties that the earth can and must provide unlimited economic growth for the benefit of a single species—a small percentage of our species at [...]

  2. Linda Lewis Linda V. Lewis says:

    Great speech indeed! The GNP index doesn't touch integrity, the simplicity of joy and sharing of time, dialogue, and the appreciation of the wonders of natural beauty. Capitalism and materialism gone rampant is rated as profitable progress and expansion at what expense. Are pipelines worth the destruction they cause? Imagine a world without dependence on oil. How does the GNP rate peace when war is so profitable!

  3. Thank you. This excerpt is from a speech he delivered at the Phog Allen Fieldhouse, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, his first day after announcing he was running for President and 84 days before he was shot in Los Angeles. The greatest man I ever met and the central figure in my novel of those times, News From A Parallel World. http://www.amazon.com/News-From-A-Parallel-World/….
    Just before he spoke these words about the misdirection of material values in America, he talked of the poverty he had himself witnessed across the nation: "I have seen children in Mississippi starving, their bodies so crippled by hunger, and their minds have been so destroyed… I have seen children in the Delta area of Mississippi with distended stomachs, whose faces are covered with sores from starvation, and we haven't developed a policy so that we can get enough food so that they can live, so that their lives are not destroyed. I don't think that's acceptable…
    "I have seen Indians living on bare and meager reservations, with no jobs, with an unemployment rate of 80 percent, and with so little hope for the future that for young men and women in their teens the greatest cause of death is suicide… "

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