Is the diversion of capital from East Hampton mansions and manufactured desert subdivisions to sick, starving villages honestly impossible under our current economic system? Our economy does not allow for even marginally equitable distribution of resources and we need a brand new one in order to achieve any kind of sustainable civil society? That’s stupid and I don’t believe it. I think our problems are simple….
I have committed myself to a renewed American urbanism, which I see as the solution to almost every single problem.
It is curious that you think a solution to “our” problems seem like solutions to very specific problems of American society in particular. I agree that population contraction in urban centers will be important for reducing environmental impact and such, but that’s not going to put a dent in global economic, environmental, and humanitarian problems. “Our” problems don’t end at the border; if you have no trust in the state of the markets to correct this problem, then I see no reason to respect their artificial boundaries.
The global coordination problem is not a simple problem, and it wont be solved with the death of American suburbs. We need to be thinking on much, much longer scales and timelines, because the problems and impacts are global, and the consequences for failure on the global level are existential.