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By James Gustave Speth

In this 3rd quantity of his award-winning American difficulty sequence, James Gustave Speth makes his boldest and such a lot formidable contribution but. He seems unsparingly on the sea of problems within which the us now reveals itself, charts a path in the course of the discouragement and depression more often than not felt this present day, and envisions what he calls the United States the potential, an enticing and believable destiny that we will be able to nonetheless realize.

The publication identifies a dozen beneficial properties of the yankee political economy—the country's simple working system—where transformative switch is key. It spells out the explicit alterations which are had to flow towards a brand new political economy—one within which the real precedence is to maintain humans and planet. Supported by way of a compelling "theory of swap" that explains how procedure swap can come to the United States, the booklet additionally provides a imaginative and prescient of political, social, and financial existence in a renewed the US. Speth envisions a destiny that may be really worth combating for. in brief, this can be a e-book concerning the American destiny and the robust chance that we but have it in ourselves to take advantage of our freedom and our democracy in robust how one can create anything positive, a reborn the USA, for our youngsters and grandchildren.

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My wife, Cameron, provided wise counsel throughout, a service matched only by her skillful help in manuscript preparation. Megan Hustad was invaluable as editorial counselor, sharpening and enlivening the presentation. Executive Editor William Frucht at Yale University Press provided many helpful suggestions and skillful guidance. Many colleagues read some or all of the manuscript and provided excellent comments, advice, information, and, where needed, corrections. Included here are Peter Barnes, Kelly Levin, Betsy Taylor, Noel Ortega, John Cavanagh, Robin Broad, David Korten, Edward Strohbehn, Heather Ross, Marianne Tyrrell, Chris Brooks, John Fullerton, Richard Rosen, Gar Alperovitz, Neva Goodwin, Herman Daly, Fritz Schwarz, Paul Raskin, Bill Butler, Helga Butler, Mary Evelyn Tucker, John Grim, Robert Repetto, Bill Rees, Dahvi Wilson, David Grant, Ned Coffin, Peter Victor, Juliet Schor, Steve Dubb, Tom Powell, Chris Ryan, Kirsten Moran, Peter Brown, Mike MacCracken, John de Graaf, Will Raap, Roger Masters, Lew Daly, Steven Dycus, Susan Witt, Emerson Blake, Andrew Blechman, Sarah Stranahan, Bob Costanza, Allen White, Robert Lane, Servaas Storm, and Bob Edgar.

Output, productivity, profits, the stock market, and consumption must all go up. This growth imperative trumps all else. Growth is measured by tallying GDP at the national level and sales and profits at the company level, and pursuit of GDP and profit can be said to be the overwhelming priorities of national economic and political life. 6 Economic growth may be the world’s secular religion, but for much of the world it is a god that is failing—underperforming for most of the world’s people and, for those in affluent societies, now creating more problems than it is solving.

Good reason to despair, yet grief was purged By tracing how creation reigned supreme. A pupa cracked, a butterfly emerged: America, still unfolding from its dream. —CLIVE JAMES She starts old, old, wrinkled and writhing in an old skin. And there is a gradual sloughing off of the old skin, towards a new youth. It is the myth of America. —D. H. Manifesto Part One. Running Out of Planet Part Two. America the Possible Part Three. System Changes Part Four. The Movement Notes Index Preface Like most Americans, I love this country.

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