Deep Economy by Bill McKibben
The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future

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The bestselling author of The End of Nature issues an impassioned call to arms for an economy that creates community and ennobles our lives

In this powerful and provocative manifesto, Bill McKibben offers the biggest challenge in a generation to the prevailing view of our economy. For the first time in human history, he observes, "more" is no longer synonymous with "better"--indeed, for many of us, they have become almost opposites. McKibben puts forward a new way to think about the things we buy, the food we eat, the energy we use, and the money that pays for it all. Our purchases, he says, need not be at odds with the things we truly value.

McKibben's animating idea is that we need to move beyond "growth" as the paramount economic ideal and pursue prosperity in a more local direction, with cities, suburbs, and regions producing more of their own food, generating more of their own energy, and even creating more of their own culture and entertainment. He shows this concept blossoming around the world with striking results, from the burgeoning economies of India and China to the more mature societies of Europe and New England. For those who worry about environmental threats, he offers a route out of the worst of those problems; for those who wonder if there isn't something more to life than buying, he provides the insight to think about one's life as an individual and as a member of a larger community.

McKibben offers a realistic, if challenging, scenario for a hopeful future. As he so eloquently shows, the more we nurture the essential humanity of our economy, the more we will recapture our own.


About Bill McKibben

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Bill McKibben is the bestselling author of over a dozen books about the environment, including the groundbreaking The End of Nature. He is a scholar in residence at Middlebury College in Vermont.
Published March 6, 2007 by Times Books. 272 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Bill McKibben hopes for a localized, communitarian, small-scale world.

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on the other hand, the economy is largely dependent on the US and - contrary to Europe - it will be easier to invade :).

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