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America the Possible: Manifesto for a New Economy (American Crisis) Hardcover – September 25, 2012
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"[Speth] does a marvelous job of summarizing the most pressing problems and offering realistic and promising solutions. . . . This book is optimistic even in the midst of seemingly insurmountable problems."—Choice
“A brilliant, powerfully supported manifesto and an indispensable call to arms in the fight to build a democratic and ecologically sustainable system in the 21st century.”—Gar Alperovitz, author of America Beyond Capitalism: Reclaiming Our Wealth, Our Liberty and Our Democracy (Gar Alperovitz)
“One of our most trusted elders in the environmental movement offers a sweeping and inspiring vision for how to transform a deeply ailing culture. A true gift of a book, at exactly the right moment.”— Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine (Naomi Klein)
"In this hopeful and timely book, Gus Speth, one of the nation's leading environmental reformers turned system-critic, articulates what increasing numbers of Americans are feeling: a loss of faith in our market-centric, growth-oriented model. To jump-start a journey of transition, Speth presents a vision for comprehensive and deep change that is rooted in a sustaining economy and a new set of cultural values. Speth's profoundly humane sensibilities and common sense approach are sure to resonate with readers."—Juliet Schor, author of True Wealth: How and why millions of Americans are creating a time-rich, ecologically-light, small-scale, high-satisfaction economy (Juliet Schor)
"There is no more important commentator and visionary on ways out of the American economic dilemma than Gus Speth. His experiences are unique—in government, academia, and as a deeply engaged economic activist, working toward a systemic evolution that accepts natural limits and the primacy of democratic values. His new book is confident, comprehensive, rich with new ideas, and it confirms Speth as among the leading thinkers and voices in the urgent campaign for new economic models. I recommend it to everyone."—Jerry Mander, author, The Capitalism Papers; Fatal Flaws of an Obsolete System (Jerry Mander)
From the Author
A conversation with Gus Speth
Q: You have previously authored two award-winning books with Yale University Press. How do you see America the Possible in relation to the other two?
A: I see them as a progression, a trilogy perhaps, each digging deeper into what I think of as the American Crisis. When huge problems emerge across a wide front, such as we have in America, it cannot be for small reasons. What we have is system failure. Our current system of political economy is not delivering good results socially, economically, environmentally, or politically. That's America's real crisis. America the Possible takes all this head on; it is the broadest in scope and boldest in ambition of the three books.
Q: How so?
A: The book is brutally honest about the full range of major challenges America now faces, not just the environmental ones. It explains how we got ourselves into this sea of troubles and presents the specific changes now needed to get us out. Importantly, it describes a vision of America the Possible, an attractive yet plausible future that is still within our power to realize. And it sets out how system change can come to America.
Q: What should the first steps toward America the Possible be?
A: The truly good news is that important steps are already being taken. Look across America and one sees local communities reclaiming themselves, new forms of corporate ownership and management, families adopting new lifestyles, and much more. The future is being built from the bottom up. The next big step, which I discuss in Part IV of the book, is for progressives of all stripes to come together to forge a movement demanding prodemocracy political reforms. We've got to save our democracy from creeping corporatocracy and plutocracy, and we've got to do it soon.
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I recommend this book to any citizen who is concerned about our country and what it will hold for future generations and anyone who, rather than lapsing into a negative and cynical view of our democracy and our future, is eager to be a part of the solution.
As millions of people in the US and billions around the world suffer unemployment and deprivation, those who care about workers instinctively reach for economic growth as the way to create decent livelihoods for all. Yet those who are paying attention to what is happening to our land, waters, and climate know that the unintended consequence of modern economic growth is the destruction of the very ecosphere that makes life on earth possible.
Speth synthesizes a wonderfully wide range of models, proposals, and forms of action into a synergistic whole. He shows how we can create full employment by greatly expanding our production of things that people need -- from education and healthcare to climate-protecting energy, manufacturing, and transportation systems. At the same time, we can phase out the kinds of production that are hurting us -- from fossil fuel energy systems to yet more weapons to make the rubble bounce. And he shows how such a program can draw labor and environmentalists, local communities and advocates of global justice, and many other constituencies out of their silos and into a broad-based movement for a sustainable future.
"America the Possible" is still possible, Speth believes, but only if we change directions with genuine urgency.
There's no coincidence that we are receiving Speth's newest book in the same week that the great pioneer in writing about world religions, Jacob Needleman, is releasing his latest book: TITLE In this new America the Possible: Manifesto for a New Economy, Speth's repeats and expands upon his appeal for a new progressive vision as well as a worldwide network to push for social, economic and environmental change. World events are moving so rapidly now that thinkers from realms of religion, like Jacob Needleman, and science, like Speth, are honing their messages into clarion calls that just might make a difference.
In his earlier book, Speth ended with some strong questions to teachers, religious leaders, social activists, scientists as well as anyone else who would listen and start thinking. Now, he is mapping out an even clearer appeal that he describes as a new progressive movement. Toward the end, he writes: "Throughout this book, I have made references to the various progressive communities. Note the plural. What does not exist yet, and what must now be built with urgency, is a unified progressive community." He explains in a clear-eyed way why most sympathetic men and women seem determined to construct barriers that so far are hobbling any hope for a unified movement.
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Subtitled 'Manifesto for a New Economy' this is economics that deplores the role of money. Unequal distribution is attributed to capitalism, with central planned government as the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Gderf
What is wrong with the American economic system? This book makes a clear and accurate diagnosis and then spells out the remedy. Read morePublished on December 25, 2013 by James Markway
It is a very idealistic book. It would be wonderful if these ideas could be implemented. Given the entrenched power of the likes of the Koch Brothers and their ilk, "America... Read morePublished on November 19, 2013 by Vera Cousins
Speth lays out the environmental, economic, and political challenges we face as a nation and does an excellent job of pointing to possible solutions.Published on March 3, 2013 by Paul J. Jacobs
A quick tutorial of what is wrong with the world, our country, our form of politics and election of officials, the money system in general, large corporations etc... Read morePublished on February 18, 2013 by Hubstermeister
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What strikes me most about this book is its simply breathtaking naiveté about... Read more