Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future
For the first time in human history, he observes, “more” is no longer synonymous with “better” ...more
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One of his main points is to show how shifting to local economies will mean less stuff but more durability.
Part I: After Growth
Quote by John Maynard Keynes: "say, two thousand years before Christ down to the beginning of the eighteenth century, there was really no great change in the standard of living of the average man in the civilized centers of the earth. Ups and ...more
(This interview originally appeared in the STOP SMILING Gambling Issue)
In 12 books and countless magazine articles written over the last quarter century, Bill McKibben has tracked and suggested a way to alleviate the impact of human life on the natural world. In doing so, he has emerged as one of our most trenchant environmental writers and campaigners: Over the past few years, he has organized the largest demonstrations agai ...more
Surely it would be pushing for radical socialism for the sake of radical environmentalism. Instead Bill McKibben wrote a book I'm still grappling with.
His first line of attack is economic growth itself.
First he argues economic growth is unsustainable. This is his strongest argument in the short-term but his weakest argument over-the-long haul.
There are alternatives to fossil fuel when it becomes t ...more
He documents the trend of our culture moving towards a community oriented life and demonstrates that our current economic models do not adequately account for our happyness and quality of life.
This is not a doom and gloom book, rather the author points to emerging trends that suggest that we our slowly moving away ...more
McKibben is showing us the power of community and how it can help us, how it has helped others, and why that's a necessity for the future of the ...more
1) growth is no longer making most people wealthier, but instead generating inequality and insecurity. Efficiency is often dri ...more
The cult of growth claims that GDP growth provides progress, which makes the expansion of wea ...more
In exchange, he offers a new way of looking at economics. He develops a mo ...more
In offering straightforward solutions to the looming environmental crisis, Bill McKibben has marched directly into the middle of a heated debate. Critics' personal beliefs and politics shaped their reviews, which described Deep Economy as, alternately, a "masterfully crafted, deeply thoughtful and mind-expanding treatise" (Los Angeles Times) and a "book-length sermon on what is wrong with the way we live" (San Francisco Chronicle). Some reviewers found McKibben's solutions practical and the auth...more
"Cheap oil has meant cheap synthetic fertilizer, big tractors, and everything else we associate with modern agriculture. You get more food per acre with small farms; more food per dollar with big ones."
"Ever wonder why soybean products can be found in two-thirds of all processed food? It may have something to do with the fact that “about seventy percent of the value of the American soy bean comes straight from the U.S. government.” D ...more
Overall though, he doesn't c ...more
We need to scale back a little, rather than try to have an ever-growing economy, and reap all the benefits of developing more local networks, of food, of friends, of energy, etc.
Reading this book with my daughters in mind makes me shudder--it has made a great impact upon me. I want to take steps that will assure their chances of having a fulfilling life. Here are some of my ideas of wha ...more