The theft of the future -- the relationship between the market and religion and today's social movements

July 29, 2007

By Alexander Carpenter
This is about an hour long which will take a commitment to watch, but it will be well-worth your time if you wonder what is going on with capitalism, faith and social change in the world these days.
The New Great Transformation with Paul Hawken
Video from the Long Now Foundation - San Francisco, CA
The title of Paul Hawken's talk, "The New Great Transformation," has two referents. Economist Karl Polanyi’s 1944 book, THE GREAT TRANSFORMATION, said that the "market society" and modern nation state emerged together in Europe after 1700 and divided society in ways that have yet to be healed.
Karen Armstrong's 2006 book, THE GREAT TRANSFORMATION, explores "the Axial Age" between 800 and 200 BC when the world's great religions and philosophies first took shape. They were all initially social movements, she says, acting on revulsion against the violence and injustice of their times.
Both books describe conditions in which "the future is stolen and sold to the present," said Hawken - a situation we are having to deal with yet again

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