How to Overcome the Tyranny of Stuff

A Holiday Thought on the Possibilities and Virtues of a Recycled Economy

by Robert Reich

What if we were all more intentional about recycling stuff? What if there were a systematic way of donating things we no longer need and of finding stuff we’d like to have?

I’m talking about something far more radical than just recycling our garbage or waste. Imagine an entire system based on continuously recycling stuff — without any of it being bought or sold...