We are therefore in a genuine crisis -- that is, in an extremity or impasse that calls into question not the skills of our leaders or the effectiveness of our means but our essential worldview, our basic philosophy, and, above all, our political paradigm. We do not have "problems" we can reasonably expect to "solve," because these problems result from contradictions in our ruling ideas. "Solutions" that simple rearrange the contents within the old structure will produce no effective change: exactly the same conditions will recreate themselves. Hence no "new political gadget" can have the slightest effect, because we need a new vision of the good life and a new philosophy of politics, not yet another social, economic, or technological fix. [emphasis mine, p. 268]
That is, we now know enough anthropology, biology, ecology, psychology, and history to make some educated guesses about what would constitute a just, workable, healthy, and sustainable society. [p. 275]
The time will come, nevertheless, when human intelligence will rise to the mastery over property. [Lewis Henry Morgan epigraph on p. 279]
This is one of the best books that I have come across in my journey to get to the heart of our human predicament. If you have a sense that we are on the wrong path, this is well worth reading. If you have a sense that we are on the wrong path, and want to do something about it, take some time and review the thoughts on this blog.