The Wealth of Nature: Economics as if Survival Mattered

The Wealth of Nature: Economics as if Survival Mattered

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by John Michael Greer
     
 

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Our destructive obsession with money and economic growth has driven us to the brink of disaster. The Wealth of Nature exposes the flaws in conventional economic theory and shows how through public policy initiatives and personal choices the economy can be restructured at an appropriate scale with a focus on the natural world.

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Our destructive obsession with money and economic growth has driven us to the brink of disaster. The Wealth of Nature exposes the flaws in conventional economic theory and shows how through public policy initiatives and personal choices the economy can be restructured at an appropriate scale with a focus on the natural world.

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In his September 2, 2009, New York Times column, Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman asked, "How Did Economists Get It So Wrong?" That question embodied the soul-searching within economics that followed the field's admitted spectacular failure to foresee and prevent the recent financial crisis known as the Great Recession. Greer (The Long Descent: A User's Guide to the End of the Industrial Age) takes the foibles of modern macroeconomics as his jumping-off point for what turns out to be largely a critique of contemporary society's organization, use, and management of natural resources. Drawing heavily on the work of E.F. Schumacher, Greer's central thesis is that we don't adequately value natural resources and irresponsibly consume them. He also explores the inevitable depletion of fossil fuels, the evils of money and the viability of other types of nonmoney economies, and the potential danger of excessive faith in technological progress. VERDICT While providing a handy summary of many concepts popular in "alternative economics," this book is not particularly engaging, although the going green/environmental crowd might get behind Greer's arguments.—Steve Wilson, Dayton Metro Lib., OH

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781550924787
Publisher:
New Society Publishers
Publication date:
05/31/2011
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
File size:
1 MB

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John Michael Greer is a scholar of ecological history, an award-winning author and an internationally renowned Peak Oil theorist whose blog, “The Archdruid Report”, has become one of the most widely cited online resources dealing with the future of industrial society. He is a certified Master Conserver, an organic gardener, and has been active in the alternative spirituality movement for more than 25 years.

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