September 12, 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.

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Richard Raznikov Jun 6, 2013 3:02pm

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… "

Linda V. Lewis Sep 15, 2012 7:42am

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!

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