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Capitalism 3.0 by Peter Barnes

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Chapter 1

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Society is indeed a contract … between those who are living, those who are dead, and those who are to be born. — Edmund Burke (1792)

For the first time in history, the natural world we leave our children will be frightfully worse than the one we inherited from our parents. This isn’t just because we’re using the planet as if there were no tomorrow—that’s been going on for centuries. It’s because the cumulative weight of our past and present malfeasance has brought us to several tipping points. Nature has her tolerance limits, and we’ve reached many of them. In some cases, very possibly, we’ve passed them.

The State of the World

Consider, for example, our atmosphere. It’s not just today’s pollution that hurts, it’s the ...

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