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A Sustainable Economy for the 21st Century (Open Media)

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  15 ratings  ·  2 reviews
In this groundbreaking pamphlet, Juliet Schor, author of The Overworked American, examines how Americans can begin making the shift away from a resource-destructive society to one that values the environment, community, and quality of life above business and profit. She a traces back how after W.W.II, Americans had hoped that technology and social investment would yield sh ...more
Paperback, 64 pages
Published January 5th 1999 by Seven Stories Press (first published October 28th 1995)
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She has a few interesting observations and ideas, but seems to think more government, taxes, and welfare are the solution. I was hoping to read good ideas, not proposals for government programs. Sadly, I think the author's ideas would be mostly unsustainable, though a few of the ideas are good or might be worth looking at.
Thought provoking short book that, though written at the end of the nineties, reads as if it could have been written today. In addition to analyzing the problems that have led us to the current crisis, it offers several positive policy suggestions towards creating a sustainable, just economy. While I cannot agree with all of these suggestions (I find the idea of a 'green tax' on common subsistence commodities to be extremely regressive), the fact that it is making them is in itself worthy of con ...more
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Juliet Schor’s research over the last ten years has focussed on issues pertaining to trends in work and leisure, consumerism, the relationship between work and family, women's issues and economic justice. Schor's latest book is Born to Buy: The Commercialized Child and the New Consumer Culture (Scribner 2004). She is also author of The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline of Leisure and The ...more
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