CHAPTER 4MORE THAN TINKERING AT THE MARGINS

We are told routinely that the first priority must be a strong economy. Yet, we know now that we should seek first a strong society, strong nature, and a strong democracy. Today’s economy offers little help in these regards. We must move beyond it. We need to reinvent the economy, not merely restore it.

JAMES GUSTAVE SPETH, FORMER ADMINISTRATOR, UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME

When economic failure is systemic, temporary fixes, even very expensive ones like the Wall Street bail-out, are like putting a bandage on a cancer. They may create a temporary sense of confidence, but the effect is solely cosmetic.

Unfortunately, even influential pundits who recognize the seriousness of the environmental ...

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