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Deep Economy by Bill McKibben
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Jul 13, 09

Read in July, 2009

Thomas Friedman from a more of a lefty/environmental perspective. Lots of nice uplifting anecdotes about local responses to globalization and the "modern" economy. Basically his argument comes down to the idea that we need more community-based economy, and to stop focusing on "growth" and our myopic view of "efficiency". These are not really new ideas, but he does a decent job of looking at the bigger picture of economics and society. I liked his analysis of Wal-Mart.

Overall though, he doesn't convince me that better subsidies, community action, and an economic paradigm shift are going to be enough. We are too embedded in our corporate system and the state has too much of an interest in consolidation. (I keep remembering reading about successful alternative currency projects during the depression that were soon broken up by governments, in the USA and in Europe.)
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