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The Heart and Soul of Economic Justice,
This review is from: Re-solving the Economic Puzzle (Paperback)Re-solving the Economic Puzzle by Walter Rybeck is a truly amazing book. The Occupy Movement has helped the average person understand that we have 99% problem. However, it's a mistake to think it can be solved with a 1% solution. Rybeck not only traces the origin of the growing divide between rich and poor, but he also provides a clear-eyed recipe for change. I intend to give copies of this quiet masterpiece to my state and local Representatives. It also would make a fine gift for social activists of all stripes. It resonates with intelligence and a gentle passion for a more equitable world.
My only quarrel with the book is that both the title and the author are too modest. Rybeck itemizes the socio-economic injustices that he accurately calls "festering malignancies", but unlike so many who stridently point fingers, he is refreshing in his refusal to blame individual actors. He builds a careful argument designed to help the reader discover the root cause which must be addressed before we can hope to solve the problems of joblessness, blighted cities, crumbling infrastucture, homelessness, recession, and environmental abuse.
The early chapters of the book read like a memoir tracing the ethical development of a young man with a love of the natural world, the arts, philosophy, community, and justice. Rybeck is generous in crediting a range of mentors who influenced the path he followed. Many of the those who personally inspired him are well-known to the general reader, which makes for some fascinating insights into the private experiences of public figures
Unlike so many books that promise economic solutions, this one is deeply personal. Because Rybeck first establishes his own humanity, we come to know and trust him and his authority. As a result of his work in both journalism and governmental policy research, he has been closely involved in many of the civil rights issues of our times. This is not someone seeking either fame or personal riches. He truly is a man whose burning desire is to help build a better and more just world.
The final chapters provide the blueprint for social change. Those who are in a hurry to discover the answers could simply read from page 157 through 229, but they would deprive themselves of a deeply moving ethical coming-of-age story. They would miss the spiritual heart and soul of this book. A just world is possible. Re-solving the Economic Puzzle shows us what must be done in order to make it happen. Rybeck's thoughtful analysis makes it possible to truly believe the promise he makes in the first sentence of the introduction. "This book brings good news to those who want an America with full employment, a sustainable prosperity without roller-coaster ups and downs, and a return to constructive political and social discourse without rancor."