We know now that all energy ultimately comes from the sun. Some traditional people knew this. They worshiped a Sun-God. That is not possible for us. The gods today have become parts of various advertising campaigns. Still, the source of light and life is nothing but the sun and its legacy on our planet. Ultimately, power resides not in money or position, but in the utilization of the sun and its currents, like wind and waves. If these are democratized, we can become a democratic community, if they are not, we cannot.
Although there are different interpretations of the conflict that finally caused the American Civil War, I think a compelling case can be made that it was about property and property rights. The confederacy succeeded to protect their right to own slaves. Although the slave states lost the war, many people continued to believe that the purpose of government is to protect the ownership of property, and not to take it away. The fight over the control of property continues . . . in Washington, DC.
For many, the notion of a citizen’s economy may first appear as an utopian dream. On further reflection, however, I think it will be seen as a necessity if we are to create a sustainable and just global economy.