Raj Patel, author of the book - The Value of Nothing, How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy.
"Today's financial crisis is no mere anomaly, but a continuation of a struggle over resources, property and government that dates back to the privatization of common lands in the early decades of England's Industrial Revolution. And, although there's a widely shared opinion that normality will ultimately return to the world economy, the fact is that today's financial crisis is the normal consequence of a system that cannot work the way it is structured. So our faith in a gentle return to reality is misplaced, for there is not, and never has been, any solid ground beneath our feet. The perpetual quest for economic growth has turned humankind into an agent of extinction, through the systematic undervaluing of the eco-systemic services that keep our planet alive. In short, the consumer economy takes a great deal for granted, wanting things for free, and is constitutionally unable to pay for them. This is at the root of the economic crisis we are experiencing right now."