The Wealth of Communities and the Durable FutureBook - 2007
Challenges the current view of the economy to call for a shift in focus from growth to prosperity that promotes environmental awareness and emphasizes the individual as a member of a larger community.
The bestselling author of The End of Nature issues an impassioned call to arms for an economy that creates community and ennobles our lives
In this powerful and provocative manifesto, Bill McKibben offers the biggest challenge in a generation to the prevailing view of our economy. For the first time in human history, he observes, "more" is no longer synonymous with "better"—indeed, for many of us, they have become almost opposites. McKibben puts forward a new way to think about the things we buy, the food we eat, the energy we use, and the money that pays for it all. Our purchases, he says, need not be at odds with the things we truly value.
McKibben's animating idea is that we need to move beyond "growth" as the paramount economic ideal and pursue prosperity in a more local direction, with cities, suburbs, and regions producing more of their own food, generating more of their own energy, and even creating more of their own culture and entertainment. He shows this concept blossoming around the world with striking results, from the burgeoning economies of India and China to the more mature societies of Europe and New England. For those who worry about environmental threats, he offers a route out of the worst of those problems; for those who wonder if there isn't something more to life than buying, he provides the insight to think about one's life as an individual and as a member of a larger community.
McKibben offers a realistic, if challenging, scenario for a hopeful future. Deep Economy makes the compelling case that the more we nurture the essential humanity of our economy, the more we will recapture our own.
Popular environmental writer McKibben shows how global warming and other environmental problems are related to the concepts and practices of consumer and corporate capitalism, and suggests how to move beyond the bind. This is a paperbound edition of the cloth edition published in 2007 by Times Books. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
In a thought-provoking manifesto, the best-selling author of The End of Nature challenges the current view of our economy to call for a dramatic shift in focus from growth to a prosperity that promotes environmental awareness, emphasizes the individual as a member of a larger community, and offers a new way to think about our food, energy, money, purchases, and values. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.
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“For most of human history, the two birds More and Better roosted on the same branch. You could toss one stone and hope to hit them both. That’s why the centuries since Adam Smith have been devoted to the dogged pursuit of maximum economic production. The idea that individuals, pursuing their own individual interests in a market society, make one another richer and the idea that increasing efficiency, usually by increasing scale, is the key to increasing wealth has indisputably produced More. It has built the unprecedented prosperity and ease that distinguish the lives of most of the people reading this book...” from page 1 of Deep Economy: the wealth of communities and the durable future by Bill McKibben, Times Books/Henry Holt & Co., c2007.
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