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Saving the Heart and Soul of Tourism – a response - Part 1

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Tourism has adopted an extractive production and consumption model developed by a manufacturing sector in an Industrial Age when the planet was still, for all intents and purposes, “empty.” The core flaws of that model include a dependency on growth, the primacy of capital and property, the creation of artificial scarcity, and the necessity for debt and competition all based on a worldview that assumes humans are separate from each other and their biospheric support system, and are always rational, inherently selfish, utility/profit-maximizing beings. The fundamental game of survival is one of competition for scarce resources that, once acquired, can be accumulated and traded as proxies for power and influence thus creating a positive feedback loop that ensures wealth will be concentrated in fewer hands over time. Continue Reading

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