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Economists insist that recovery is at hand, yet unemployment remains high, real estate values continue to sink, and governments stagger under record deficits. The End of Growth proposes a startling diagnosis: humanity has reached a fundamental turning point in its economic history. The expansionary trajectory of industrial civilization is colliding with non-negotiable natural limits.
Richard Heinberg's latest landmark work goes to the heart of the ongoing financial crisis, explaining how and why it occurred, and what we must do to avert the worst potential outcomes. Written in an engaging, highly readable style, it shows why growth is being blocked by three factors:
These converging limits will force us to re-evaluate cherished economic theories and to reinvent money and commerce.
The End of Growth describes what policy makers, communities, and families can do to build a new economy that operates within Earth'sbudget of energy and resources. We can thrive during the transition if we set goals that promote human and environmental well-being, rather than continuing to pursue the now-unattainable prize of ever-expanding GDP.
I had suspected for quite some time that GDP growth was not going to last forever as a measure of economic health and now I'm convinced. Read morePublished 2 months ago by JB
Excellent and informative book with an approach which is quite unique. Thoroughly goodPublished 3 months ago by Austrian Peter
The information is becoming a bit dated -- time for an update, I suppose -- and Peak Oil has certainly fallen out of fashion, especially in light of recent cheap oil. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Matthew McCleary
Heinberg does not take into account fundamental physical principles in his assessment of what lies ahead. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Denis Frith
For anyone interested in the future of America (and perhaps mankind), this is one book not to miss. I rank it close to The Limits of Growth (1974) by the Rome Club group. Read morePublished 10 months ago by David Delo
So that title at least got you wondering, right? I don't wanna give it away but to say that this book was a bit slow, but well researched and it leads one to definitely think long... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Robert e. Lee jr.
This is a good book to understand some of the causes of the end of growth and some possibilities to soften the process. Read morePublished 11 months ago by James G. Broadwell
This book covers every aspect of the coming personal, family, community, national and global challenge of resource depletion: the end of cheap oil, coal, water, minerals and land. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Catherine Etheridge
This is a must read for everyone. I cannot stress enough how important it is for any educated person to read this book and deeply comprehend the ideas and arguments within. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Randy