Revolution Starts at Home
A growing movement of "Radical Homemakers," whose mission it is to promote ecological sustainability, social justice, and family and community well-being, see themselves as an integral part of the United States moving from an extractive economy to a life-serving economy. According to the activist and economist David Korten the goal of a life-serving economy "is to generate a living for all, rather than a killing for a few."
For Radical Homemaker Shannon Hayes this means, "our resources are sustained, our waters are kept clean, our air remains pure, and families can lead meaningful and joyful lives." Despite college degrees and a high income potential, mothers, and dads, single-parents, and those childless, like Shannon view the home, not the workplace, as the starting point for social change.
In a nation plagued by alarming civil statistics: soaring school drop-out rates, poor health, an epidemic of depression, thoughtless consumption and some of the longest hours worked by any industrial nation, perhaps it's time Americans viewed wealth not in dollars but good sense?
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