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Joe Costello: What 21st-Century Democracy Looks Like

In a wide-ranging interview, Costello says that in order to regenerate American politics, the people must be involved in decision-making and rethink value systems.

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Efficiency in this sense, and I'd be happy to use another word, is looking at this process and saying we could all live better with less production and less consumption. The biggest and most immediate example of this is oil. The US could cut our oil use in half tomorrow, and while we would certainly live differently, it wouldn't be substantially different. We'd have to design our communities and our lives so that they are less oil-use intensive. Yet, every aspect of our economy and culture tells us to use more oil. We need to become much more energy efficient. 

Read more of Joe Costello's work at <a href=" http://www.archein21.com/">Archein</a>.

 

 
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