Gill Westcott points out that many question whether our current economic system, with its increasing inequality and instability, ecological destructiveness and promotion of superficial materialist values, can really be redirected towards a just and sustainable society:
“We have companies shifting profits abroad to avoid taxes, private banks controlling the money supply but not bonuses, trade rules that sink, or keep, many countries in poverty and speculation that causes asset booms and raises the price of food for the poor.
“As the Occupy encampment continues outside St Paul’s Cathedral, some slate the protesters for offering no alternatives to the current system. But, as someone remarked, there are endless alternatives being proposed, most of them compatible with capitalism, and they are not being implemented.
“The protesters aim to promote more far-reaching debate and question the apparent stalling of action to make the financial system fairer and less unstable.”
Regular readers will know the answer to that question, but not the solution to the problem, short of marching en masse on Westminster, as a friend suggested today.
Extract from her article in The Friend, online – hard copy out on 17th February.