America the Possible: Manifesto for a New Economy

America the Possible: Manifesto for a New Economy

by James Gustave Speth
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0300180764

ISBN-13: 9780300180763

Pub. Date: 09/25/2012

Publisher: Yale University Press

In this third volume of his award-winning American Crisis series, James Gustave Speth makes his boldest and most ambitious contribution yet. He looks unsparingly at the sea of troubles in which the United States now finds itself, charts a course through the discouragement and despair commonly felt today, and envisions what he calls America the Possible, an

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In this third volume of his award-winning American Crisis series, James Gustave Speth makes his boldest and most ambitious contribution yet. He looks unsparingly at the sea of troubles in which the United States now finds itself, charts a course through the discouragement and despair commonly felt today, and envisions what he calls America the Possible, an attractive and plausible future that we can still realize.

The book identifies a dozen features of the American political economy—the country's basic operating system—where transformative change is essential. It spells out the specific changes that are needed to move toward a new political economy—one in which the true priority is to sustain people and planet. Supported by a compelling "theory of change" that explains how system change can come to America, the book also presents a vision of political, social, and economic life in a renewed America. Speth envisions a future that will be well worth fighting for. In short, this is a book about the American future and the strong possibility that we yet have it in ourselves to use our freedom and our democracy in powerful ways to create something fine, a reborn America, for our children and grandchildren.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300180763
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
09/25/2012
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.48(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.96(d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 Manifesto 1

Part 1 A Nation in Trouble 19

2 Society at the Breaking Point 21

3 The Weight of the World 40

4 Running Out of Planet 52

Part 2 In the Beauty of the Morning 67

5 America the Possible 69

Part 3 Transformations 89

6 A Sustaining Post-Growth Economy 91

7 System Changes 103

Part 4 Writhing Free of an Old Skin 153

8 Realizing Democracy 157

9 The Movement 186

Notes 199

Index 237

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