Economists insist that recovery is at hand, yet unemployment remains high, real estate values continue to sink, and governments stagger under record deficits. The End of Growth proposes a startling diagnosis: humanity has reached a fundamental turning point in its economic history. The expansionary trajectory of industrial civilization is colliding with non-negotiable natural limits.
Richard Heinberg’s latest landmark work goes to the heart of the ongoing financial crisis, explaining how and why it occurred, and what we must do to avert the worst potential outcomes. Written in an engaging, highly readable style, it shows why growth is being blocked by three factors:
These converging limits will force us to re-evaluate cherished economic theories and to reinvent money and commerce.
The End of Growth describes what policy makers, communities, and families can do to build a new economy that operates within Earth’s budget of energy and resources. We can thrive during the transition if we set goals that promote human and environmental well-being, rather than continuing to pursue the now-unattainable prize of ever-expanding GDP.
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"Clearly written and argued... Heinberg's contrarian view on growth is highly recommended to all [listeners] interested in economics, sustainability, and future trends." (Library Journal)
It asks challenging and thought provoking questions that deal with the very future of mankind. It delivers an historical context that suggests that there is another way for humans to gladly live beside one another
Community interdependence and how our mercantilist system destroys the very fabric of harmonious co-existence
Highly worthwhile listening!
"A must read for anyone who deems to be intelligent"
A well argued book that states the obvious if we would only but look. We live on a finite little pale blue dot that cannot sustain the economic madness of continued growth. The author is painstaking in his detail and no one who reads this book if you dare will fail to be influenced by it.
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