Advancing the Next System with Advanced Manufacturing
Nina Gregg, Max Ogden, Doug Gamble, Andrew Dettmer, David Schweickart, September 2016
We are thinkers and practitioners from the United States and Australia1. Our views principally reflect where we come from, but we are confident that our themes are an important part of a global discussion.
We are arguing here for the singular importance of advanced manufacturing. Our emphasis on advanced manufacturing is not because we love advanced manufacturing, but because we think it is necessary to achieve a next system that is democratic, equitable, sustainable, and restorative. If we thought free beer would be as important or as necessary, we would be advocating for free beer instead of for advanced manufacturing.
Our argument for a key role for advanced manufacturing in the next system is grounded in opposition to three currents of thought:
We oppose the current of thought that does not see the need for systemic change in order to build a productive, inclusive, and sustainable society;
We oppose the current of thought that sees the “market,” “market forces,” and corporate structures as inherently corrupting
And we oppose the current of thought that sees the state as the only vehicle for progressive change.
We believe, on the contrary, that the movement for the next system must institutionalize its values and achieve its objectives within the market, the state, and civil society.
1The authors wrote this paper as a contribution to The Next System Project to propose a concrete application of next system values and principles. We are grateful to colleagues whose thinking and experience helped shape the ideas expressed.
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