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The Great Turning by David C. Korten

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PART IIIAmerica, the Unfinished Project

Of all the nations of the world, few confront a greater challenge in facing up to the imperatives of the Great Turning than the United States of America. Few nations have been accustomed for so long to living so far beyond their means. Few labor under the burden of greater inequality or a greater gap between their idealized self-image and their troubled historical reality. We can achieve the mature democracy that is a defining condition of Earth Community only by acknowledging that, like the democracy of ancient Athens, ours is a partial and immature democracy.

We think of ourselves as a nation of problem solvers. To solve a problem, however, we must first acknowledge it. To this end, the following chapters ...

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