Let’s play fantasy economics. Things could really get better

A family-oriented nation of fairness, social justice and mutual ownership? It exists – just not all in one place

Andrew Simms, The Observer, Sunday 17 February 2013

Do you grudgingly accept there is no fundamental alternative to how things are, hard times and difficult choices? Then come to Goodland. You might want to live here… Its president refuses the state mansion. He gives away 90% of his pay, living on the national average wage to share in the struggles of his people. Goodland has a new constitution, written by citizens. When its financial sector fell apart, speculators had to take their losses and the guilty were taken to court, not given a public bailout… The country has a dynamic, largely mutually owned, local banking system. It avoids bad risk and bends over backwards to help small businesses. In Goodland, human well being is more important than economic growth.

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