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Progress or Collapse: The Crises of Market Greed 1st Edition

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'Concerned for the future of humanity? Then read this book. Others cover just one aspect of the political, social, environmental and economic challenge facing humanity. But the transformation we so urgently need must start from an understanding of the interlocking system as a whole. With his breadth of vision, fearlessness and unerring eye for the truth, this is what De Vogli provides.'Richard Wilkinson, Author of 'The Spirit Level'

'If you think the world's current economic problems are just a blip, with normal service soon to be resumed, think again. As De Vogli brilliantly and succinctly reveals in this wide-ranging panorama of a book, the way we live now is simply not sustainable. In the absence of desperately urgent action that redefines our relationship with the planet, the future looks endlessly bleak; that is, of course, if we have any future at all.'Bill McGuire, Author of 'Seven Years To Save the Planet'

'De Vogli is one of the new ecological thinkers who show that climate change is the most dangerous product of Western corporate capitalism. In a masterful and highly accessible historical review of the development of corporate globalization, he shows that any struggle to save the planet requires a direct confrontation with the Wall Street elites and neo-liberal ideologues who created and now rule our unsustainable world economy. De Vogli shows that the world's prospects for survival depend now on repudiating the 'market greed' driving our elites and our own psyches, recanting the religion of growth, and crafting a new post-consumerist economy based on equality and our non-market needs for social fulfillment.'Charles Derber, Author of 'Greed to Green'

The story of our generation is the social destructiveness of markets ‘free’ to operate in the interests of the few rather than under the control of society as a whole. In Progress or Collapse that story is told and analyzed with insight, revealing the depth and breadth of what we have lost due to subservience to the ideology of consumerism and greed. Anyone who hopes for a reversal of the current descent into market barbarism should read this book.'John Weeks, Author of 'Capital, Exploitation and Economic Crises'

'Roberto De Vogli has written a brilliant book that unveils the destructive nature of the so-called 'free market' and neoliberal doctrines so widely admired in mainstream economic circles. Progress or Collapse is a scary, but also stimulating essay that invites reflections, critical thinking and, above all, civic outrage.' — Thom Hartmann, Author of 'The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight'

About the Author

Roberto De Vogli is an associate professor at University of Michigan and Senior Lecturer at University College London. He is a former member of the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health - Globalization and Health Knowledge Network.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (February 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 041551018X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415510189
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.5 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,100,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Climate change, economic crises, banksters, peak oil - those are some of the buzzwords of our time. In fact, they are so buzzy that we want to cover our ears once we hear them. We read the term "climate change" and we immediately imagine a polar bear that desperately tries to find a balance on a floating piece of ice that once was a part of the Arctic.

We read some articles on the Great recession and we imagine filthy rich banksters who use our savings and pension funds to increase their own capital gains - as if they needed more. We read editorials about the "peak oil" crisis and we connect it with the oil drills in the Middle East - who knows, perhaps that is why we will send our troops to Iran to start yet another war?

But apart from what we hear, here and there, about these issues, what do we REALLY know about those buzzwords? Are we aware that, if we do not take action soon, not only the polar bears will desperately float on the top of an iceberg, but we may find ourselves, one day, forced to float on the top of the Empire Square Building or the Big Ben? Do we know that before this happen, however, there is a high chance that hundreds of million people, especially in the developing world, will die due to food crises and lack of drinking water? And have you ever wondered how many people have lost their lives because of the social and economic injustices committed by the top 1% that created the 2008 economic crisis? And have you ever asked yourself why bankrupt institutions such as Goldman Sachs are influencing the policies of the world and continue to generate one economic bubble after another by using their unique skill of making money out of thin air?
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Dr. De Vogli synthesizes disparate information to make a strong case that NEGATIVE growth, LOWER incomes, and an excellent SOCIAL SAFETY NET can make us all happier and healthier. No, scratch that; they are our ONLY HOPE!
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