Human beings will be happier - not when they cure cancer or get to Mars or eliminate racial prejudice or flush Lake Erie but when they find ways to inhabit primitive communities again. That's my utopia.
The Compact started two years ago when Perry and a group of his friends, who were tired of devoting so much of their time and money on items they don't need, vowed to go six months without buying anything new.
American consumerism, they say, has led to global environmental and socioeconomic crises, and the only way to reverse it is to stop buying into it.
The Compact has several aims: 1) to go beyond recycling in trying to counteract the negative global environmental and socioeconomic impacts of U.S. consumer culture, to resist global corporatism, and to support local businesses, farms, etc. -- a step, we hope, inherits the revolutionary impulse of the Mayflower Compact 2) to reduce clutter and waste in our homes (as in trash Compact-er) 3) to simplify our lives (as in Calm-pact) So, here goes for the rules