Douglas Rushkoff easily wins the most quotable essay of the day award:
We ended up with an economy based in scarcity and competition rather than abundance and collaboration; an economy that requires growth and eschews sustainable business models. It may or may not better reflect the laws of nature — and that it is a conversation we really should have — but it is certainly not the result of entirely natural set of principles in action. It is a system designed by certain people at a certain moment in history, with very specific interests.
The entire piece is a solid foundation for how we think about changing the system, and the devil will be in the deets.