This short, concise description of Jubilee Economics may help new participants to understand a pretty complex concept and help long-standing partners to describe J-E to others. Also in AUDIO.
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For 1000s of Walmart workers the Friday following Thanksgiving will never pass again without remembering how love for the right and courage to pursue it trumped the fear of the global behemoth retailer, Walmart. Making Change at Walmart is the website to visit in order to grasp just how great a solidarity was generated among workers on that day.
Not long after someone completed “Around the JEM World in 30 Days,” the guide for getting the best use of all the great resources on this website, he reported telling a clergy friend about what he’d learned. The clergyperson said, “But the jubilee was never practiced!” – as if to say, “It’s really irrelevant for today.” The person who’d taken this website’s “course on jubilee” was able to correct him. That clergyperson speaks for thousands of other leaders of congregations in multiple faiths.
A jubilee economy thrives in community; withers in individualism. People living near one another who join in a common mission really, really get things done.
Early on, when I first began working on a jubilee economy, I remember being asked , “Is jubilee capitalism or socialism?” Do I have to be one or the other? During the Cold War which was happening for the first 50 years of my life, to identify one’s self as anything but a capitalist bordered on being unAmerican, unpatriotic. If you weren’t a capitalist, you had to be a socialist, and, worse yet, that teetered on being a communist.
Upward mobility has long been an expectation in America. But now the skids are greased! Downward mobility is either a shared experience or a shared fear that glues together the otherwise diverse groups of us who comprise the 99%. 2008 and the continuing Recession have reacquainted thousands of us with moving downward economically in America.
Last year, 2011, the Jubilee Community grew nicely as a web presence via this website, Common Good podcasting, Facebook and YouTube. (Have you been part of it?) Now we want to get familiar face to face too. In January 2012, we’ve begun new venues for getting together in person.