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Life, Money and Illusion: Living on Earth as if we want to stay

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In recent years, unchecked growth has brought us to the brink of economic and environmental collapse. Life, Money & Illusion was inspired by the dilemma of having an economic structure that has to grow to remain healthy, while facing the finite limits of our planet. This revised and updated edition launches a review of economic expansion. It examines how growth came to be a goal and how that goal, though once beneficial, is now the propellant for catastrophe. Then, by showing how the economy can be ...

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Overview

In recent years, unchecked growth has brought us to the brink of economic and environmental collapse. Life, Money & Illusion was inspired by the dilemma of having an economic structure that has to grow to remain healthy, while facing the finite limits of our planet. This revised and updated edition launches a review of economic expansion. It examines how growth came to be a goal and how that goal, though once beneficial, is now the propellant for catastrophe. Then, by showing how the economy can be restructured to remain within planetary limits, it points the way to a sustainable future. 

Life, Money & Illusion advocates change by shifting the dominant economic paradigm from growth to sustainability. Techniques include:

  • Measuring progress with social and environmental indicators, along with economic ones
  • Encouraging investment in community
  • Practical changes, such as full cost accounting, tax shifting, and monetary reform
  • Honoring the Golden Rule instead of the Rule of Gold
  • Focusing more on living than on stuff

An engaging and empowering vision of a future that celebrates humanity's extraordinary ability to adapt and evolve, Life, Money & Illusion will appeal to social activists, business people, students, environmentalists, financial planners, economists, parents, grandparents, and anyone else with a stake in the future.

Mike Nickerson is an educator and the author of three books on sustainability. He helped draft the Canada Well-Being Measurement Act and lives in Ontario, Canada.

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Editorial Reviews

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Lots of great info in your book and easy to understand. - Elizabeth May, Leader, Green Party of Canada Ideas that might from a less thoughtful author seem Utopian, here make far more sense than the pie-in-the-sky notions of perpetual growth - Peter Bane, Permaculture Activist magazine

Mike took 10 years to write this book, and it’s easy to see why. The scope is massive. Life, Money and Illusion is well researched and easy to understand even though Mike discusses some very complex topics. Read this book. Give it out as presents. Donate one to your local public library. Tell your friends about it.- Genevieve Jones, Vancouver Village

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865716599
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Milke Nickerson is a longtime environmental activist, popular educator and the author of three books on sustainability including Bakavi; Change the World I Want to Stay On and Planning for Seven Generations. He is a founding member of The Green Party of Canada and helped draft the Canada Well-Being Measurement Act.
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Table of Contents

1 Without Vision, the People Perish 17

2 Vision for the 21st Century 33

3 Life: How it Thrives 47

4 Problems with Life: Human Impacts on a Full Planet 63

5 Mutual Provision: Money, Markets and an Orderly World 85

6 Magnitude and Abstraction: When We Grow Very Large 103

Problems with Our Market Economy

7 Where Value is Neglected 123

8 Where Value is Overstated 139

9 Money: Its Creation, Management and Growth 167

10 The Monopoly End Game 197

Economic Solutions

11 First Steps 221

12 Practical Changes 249

13 Monetary Reform 275

Transformation

14 Cultural Foundations: Working Together as Societies 293

15 How to Get There from Here: A Question of Direction 315

16 A Crack in the Road: Motor Culture 361

17 What Will Become of Us? 387

Appendix Tapping Our Collective Potential 425

Recommended Reading 431

Index 439

About the Author 447

Looking Back to the Present 448

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