What made traditional economies so radically different
and so very fundamentally dangerous to Western
economies were the traditional principles of prosperity
of Creation versus scarcity of resources, of sharing
and distribution versus accumulation and greed,
of kinship usage rights versus individual exclusive
ownership rights, and of sustainability versus
-- Rebecca Adamson
with one disposition, history has so far been a horrible
accumulation of oppression and suffering. Viewed with
another disposition, however, history has chronicled
humans discovering their own finer potentials and together
mounting heroic offensives to attain them - against
monarchy, feudalism, slavery, Jim Crow racism, apartheid,
sexual subjugation, second class citizenship, sexism,
heterosexism, dictatorship, one party rule, capitalism,
and coordinatorism (calling itself socialism) - and
seeking, in their place, equity, justice, and freedom.
The gains humans have made have been steady and plentiful.
Now a major leap is possible. Consistent with past efforts,
we can now attain fully liberatory goals, including,
I think, participatory economics and also alternative
structures for polity, culture, and kinship. We have
only to make the effort.
-- Michael Albert
ago I recognized my kinship with all living things,
and I made up my mind that I was not one bit better
than the meanest on the earth. I said then and
I say now, that while there is a lower class,
I am in it; while there is a criminal element,
I am of it; while there is a soul in prison, I
am not free.
-- Eugene V. Debs
I see an erring man, I say to myself I have also
erred; when I see a lustful man I say to myself,
so was I once; and in this way I feel kinship
with everyone in the world and feel that I cannot
be happy without the humblest of us being happy.
-- Mohandas Gandhi
us at all times remember that all American citizens
are brothers of a common country, and should dwell
together in bonds of fraternal feeling."
-- Abraham Lincoln
strongest bond of human sympathy outside the family
relation should be one uniting working people
of all nations and tongues and kindreds.
-- Abraham Lincoln
people have a deep feeling of identification, sympathy,
and affection for human beings in general.
They feel kinship and connection, as if all people were
members of a single family.
I really want to say is that what the world needs is
a feeling of kinship.
Everybody: stars, laborers, blacks, Jews, Arabs - we're
~ Marilyn Monroe
is not the level of prosperity that makes for happiness
but the kinship of heart to heart and the way we look
at the world.
Both attitudes are within our power . . .
a man is happy so long as he chooses to be happy, and
no one can stop him."
~ Alexander Solzhenitsyn