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Enough is Enough

Enough Is Enough lays out a visionary but realistic alternative to the perpetual pursuit of economic growth—an economy where the goal is enough, not more. Based on the best-selling book by Rob Dietz and Dan O’Neill, the film explores specific strategies to fix the financial system, reduce inequality, create jobs, and more. Drawing on the expertise of Tim Jackson, Kate Pickett, Andrew Simms, Natalie Bennett, and Ben Dyson, Enough Is Enough is the primer for achieving genuine prosperity and a hopeful future for all.

Enough Is Enough is produced and directed by film-maker Tom Bliss, and includes illustrations by cartoonist Polyp, animations by Henry Edmonds, and title graphics by Cassandru Chu. Funding for the film was provided by the Climate and Geohazard Services hub at the University of Leeds, Berrett-Koehler publishers, and the Urbal Institute.

13 Comments on "Enough is Enough"

  1. J-Gav on Thu, 30th Jan 2014 2:43 pm 

    Reasonably good (and brief) overview of where we are and where we need to go. Includes a useful thumbnail sketch of the money system for anyone who would like an intro or a refresher on that subject.

    I found between 1’15” to 5’05” to be the best part (includes the hard limits we’re coming up against and the discussion of GDP, monetary system …).

    Their discussion of what should be done and how to go about it is also of interest, though I wouldn’t say the goal of changing people’s minds so they dump consumerism and embrace steady state economics is particularly realistic at this point in time. As one of the participants in the film states at the end: “Changes are only going to come when we recognize that enough is enough.” It’s hard to say when that might be but I’d venture to suggest it won’t be until people take another big whack between the eyes with a 2 by 4.

  2. Makati1 on Thu, 30th Jan 2014 3:22 pm 

    I’ll watch this tomorrow. But,if they are thinking that any ‘steady state’ economics is even possible … maybe when it hits bottom and stays there is their definition of ‘steady state’?

  3. louis wu on Thu, 30th Jan 2014 3:41 pm 

    What makes anyone think that the “financial system” can be fixed?

  4. GregT on Thu, 30th Jan 2014 4:04 pm 

    As previously written by myself:

    “Someone should plot a chart showing the relationship between GDP, and environmental degradation. GDP is somewhat irrelevant, if the planet is no longer healthy enough to support life. Sadly, we place too much focus on two of the three E’s, Energy and the Economy, and we fail to focus on the most important one, the Environment.

    We appear to be unable to see the forests through the smog, and our own sense of self worth.”

    The first things that need to go are fractional reserve lending, fiat based monetary systems, credit, and the markets. The entire system is based on debt and exponential growth, which require that the future must be more productive than the present. The economists have it all wrong, we cannot continue down this path forever, or even for very much longer, for that matter.

    We worship the very people that are causing us all of our problems. The politicians, bankers, actors, etc., the people we strive to be like, those whom we consider to be successful. There is no good reason for us to take more than what we need, after all, we ‘can’t take it with us when we die’, and all of us will die. We are simply stealing a healthy earth, and a healthy existence from our children. What other species does this?

    Unfortunately for all of us, we have now reached the point where it is US, that is now facing the consequences of the actions of not only ourselves, but of those that have gone before us. The ‘solutions’ now have very dire outcomes for all of us, and the longer we continue down this insane path, the worse they will become.

    It is time to face reality, and the consequences of human greed. There will be terrible times ahead, and a very large population adjustment in every country in the world. The longer we drag this out, the bigger the die-off will be. A steady state economy is not possible for all of us, and we cannot afford to keep raping the planet through further exploitation of energy and resources.

    Those of us who get it should be working towards our own sustainability, and hope that BAU will end much sooner than later. If not, it certainly does appear, that all will be lost.

  5. DC on Thu, 30th Jan 2014 7:56 pm 

    To their credit, they do speak at length about the role of private corporate banks putting everyone on a constant diet of debt. The one fellow addresses this directly and says we need to retake sovereign control over money issuing away from private banks. So clearly they recognize a core problem. Nations are not in control of the money supply-banks are.

    There was interesting line where he said if everyone paid their debts, there wouldn’t be any money and the economy would collapse. Interesting way of looking at the problem. Still, as long as they private mega-corporations control finance, agriculture, energy, transportation and housing, and so on, the best laid plans wont come to anything.

  6. J-Gav on Thu, 30th Jan 2014 8:13 pm 

    DC – It’s one of the things people have the hardest time getting their heads around . Back in the 1940s during testimony to a Congressional committee, then Chief of the Fed Marriner Eccles tried to explain just that to our elected officials: if debts are paid off, there won’t be any more money! Well, not quite true – depending on the country, it’s ‘only’ 95-97% of money supply which is debt, not 100% as the film seems to suggest. The rest are the coins and paper money we carry around, which ARE actually put into circulation by the government and not commercial banks.

  7. DC on Thu, 30th Jan 2014 8:24 pm 

    Well, I think its pretty safe to say if the 95 or 97% of the debts were retired, that would pretty well sink the debt bubble economy (as we know it). The last 5% would just be a rounding error. Greg is right though,as are you. I cant even explain the concept of money-is-debt to my own family. But Greg is right, as are you. I think our photon and 0 and 1 economy is a huge risk, just waiting to blow up in our faces. There is so little actual currency these days, any kind of collapse would force a barter economy on day two-simply due to lack of physical coins and money to go around.

  8. J-Gav on Thu, 30th Jan 2014 8:50 pm 

    DC – That’s why back-up, local currencies are an essential part of ‘preparedness.’ Let’s be real, they can’t cover all of people’s needs, but they can provide a buffer if TSHTF.

  9. rollin on Fri, 31st Jan 2014 1:24 am 

    A lot of good ideas but a bit too close to BAU for me.

  10. Makati1 on Fri, 31st Jan 2014 1:28 am 

    J-Gav, I think only coins are real money as anything paper is just a promise and not worth anything real. Read your dollar bill. It says “Federal Reserve Note” and “This note is legal tender for all debts public and private”. It is NOT backed by the US government, but by the Federal Reserve, a private corporation. And you know that private corporations are for profit enterprises.

    Also, did you know that as soon as you deposit money in your bank account, it becomes the property of the bank? You only get a promise to repay it in the future? Not even the right to it anytime you want in the amounts you want. And if the bank goes belly up, it evaporates into thin air with no insurance that it will ever be repaid. The FDIC only has enough money to back a very small percent of all the deposits in the US banks.

    I do not keep money in any bank. I only have enough in an account to keep it open for my use. If it is lost, it will be less than $100. I sleep better at night now. Do you?

  11. ghung on Fri, 31st Jan 2014 3:20 am 

    Another pretty good idea which no one has figured out how to explain to 7 billion humans and get their cooperation.

  12. DC on Fri, 31st Jan 2014 4:15 am 

    Well, if you dont mind me saying, I dont think well have convince ‘7’ billion people to get ‘on-board’. More like 1 or 2 billion, or less even, who knows.

    Nice thought I know….

  13. ghung on Fri, 31st Jan 2014 12:45 pm 

    OK,, 1-2 billion, who’ll still have to compete with the other 5-6 billion for limited resources. There’s the rub with any plan to voluntarily develop a system of steady-state economics.

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