“Self-Reliance & Sustainable Development” – Introduction, Part Two

NB – This continues the ongoing transcription of a 2002 ‘Manifesto for a Democratic Socialist Bermuda’, which I wrote for the purpose of initiating discussion about organising a democratic socialist (DS) Party in Bermuda. I am reproducing it here for it’s historical interest, it’s role in the genesis of this blog itself, and for the purpose of stimulating discussion in the future.

Overview of our situation (continued)

The primary goals for self-reliance are:

Food
Water
Energy
Medicine
Clothing

The means of providing self-reliance and sustainability for these primary issues are in the interests of society, but not necessarily those of capitalism. That is, capitalism produces use-values only in so much as they are profitable in their exchange-value form, and not for their use-value alone. And what is good for capital is not necessarily good for society.

It is important to stress that, with our limited resources, Bermuda will always be ultimately reliant on foreign sources. For example, the technology required for fuel production cannot – in general – be produced with out resources. Our goal is chiefly to render the island more self-reliant and sustainable than it currently is.

Approaching this issue we are faced with two possibilities:

1) The storage of commodities for use should the usual supply become disrupted;

2) The development of techniques to reduce the reliance on foreign supply.

Our impression is that it is best to employ both measures, but concentrating mainly on lessening our reliance on imports.

As such, we advocate the storage of non-perishable foodstuffs and medicines, as well as fuel and various other commodities that will allow life in Bermuda to continue, as normal as possible, for at least three months, but conceivably for up to six months.

The sections that follow are, however, methods to reduce our dependency on imports as a whole. They will follow the order of the primary issues noted above (food, water, energy, medicine and clothing), as well as discussions on economic policies to be considered.

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