Gus Speth, Professor of Law at the Vermont Law School in South Royalton and Distinguished Senior Fellow at Demos in New York City, outlines the fourfold crisis of the U.S. (http://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/node/619):
“The U.S. political economy is failing across a broad front—environmentally, socially, economically, and politically. Deep, systemic change is needed to transition to a new economy, one where the acknowledged priority is to sustain human and natural communities.”
He suggests that various progressive civil movements need to join forces in order to present a coherent vision as alternative to consumerism and materialism.
“The best hope for a new political dynamic is a fusion of those concerned about environment, social justice, and political democracy into one progressive force. A unified agenda would embrace a profound commitment to social justice and environmental protection, a sustained challenge to consumerism and commercialism and the lifestyles they offer, a healthy skepticism of growth-mania and a new look at what society should be striving to grow, a challenge to corporate dominance and a redefinition of the corporation and its goals, and a commitment to an array of major pro-democracy reforms.”
One of the major challenges of a unified progressive movement is that the many noble goals often have contradiciting means. At in100y we do our best to discover solutions that doesn’t compromise one cause for another.