I have occasionally wondered what is so controversial about the World Bank.
I understand protesters travel from all around Earth
to wave placards outside World Bank meetings
and I wonder why they are so riled up.
it’s our Bank.
It seems to be investing in worthwhile projects
so why pick on economists and bankers
and business school makers?
Then I read this from Lawrence Summers,
pre-millennially of the World Bank,
and US. National Economic Council:
“There are no limits to the carrying capacity of the earth [sic]
that are likely to bind at any time
in the foreseeable future.
The idea that we should put limits on growth
because of some natural limit
is a profound error.”
Here is how a more post-millennial economist,
like Charles Eisenstein or Riane Eisler,
Anat Shenker-Osorio or John Michael Greer,
might change Summer’s winterish position:
There are nondual natural-spiritual limits to Earth’s life-carrying capacity.
These are cooperatively binding at all times
in the foreseeable future,
as in our historic past
balance of regeneration and decomposition,
rooted in principles of thermodynamic balance.
The compelling idea that we should embrace limits on growth
because of natural-spiritual limits of ecological dynamics
is a profound truth
of democratic and Earth-patriotic faith,
trust in the deeper balancing power of co-operativity
over narrow-minded and short-sighted denials
of Win to Lose economic anti-ecological competitions
at Earth’s culture of pathology expense.
We need ecological economists
cooperating our World Bank co-investments;
not just pathology economists.
Just as we need healthy democratic cooperative public servants
in local and state,
national and international offices
rather than more candidates for Anger Management classes,
fearing we won’t re-elect them
if they don’t speak false promises of magically unlimited growth,
while the failure of species
and ozone layers
and shoreline communities
and other healthcare-giving systems
are clearly already not experiencing continued growth
in the foreseeable futures of right now.
So, I maybe begin to see
why Summer’s World Bank history
feels so winterish
I think this is what Bernie Sanders
was ranting on about
when trying to breathe life
into limp democrats.
Maybe Van Jones
and Riane Eisler
would be good healthy team leaders,
(“quality people” in Trumpian speak)
but they would need a renewed nature-spirit balancing Congress
with some ecological economic sense
about cooperatively investing
within Earth’s sustainable limits,
grace within gratitude
like light leading photosynthesis.