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Civilizing the Economy: A New Economics of Provision Paperback – May 21, 2010
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"As we humans puzzle our way to an understanding of how to live sustainably within Earth's carrying capacity, Marvin Brown has provided a crucial piece of the puzzle. Civilizing the Economy is an important book because it expresses a keystone idea of the new economic system that must evolve if our species is to survive and live up to its potential."
Ray Anderson, Founder and Chairman, Interface, Inc.
"Marvin Brown's intriguing argument sets out a compelling roadmap for directing the World's economy at this critical stage of human history. Instead of turning toward disparate, atomic strategies (such as property maximization at any cost), Brown steers us toward a holistic strategy that combines environmental sustainability, corporate responsibility (broadly conceived to include ethical and humanitarian concerns), and real economic development that will provide for all the peoples of the world. The property v. provision paradigm is a foundational discussion that will both stimulate scholars as well as prompt constructive classroom debate."
Michael Boylan, Professor of Philosophy, Marymount University
"In the current debate about the future of capitalism, Marvin Brown provides essential benchmarks to separate the wheat from the chaff in moving toward a civilized economy. His provocative and well-argued vision not only criticizes the dominant role of property in capitalism but also ventures into a novel design of economics, 'the economics of provision,' which values economic activity over economic possessions. Moreover, against the 'economization' of society, he vigorously places economic activity within the frame of a civic agenda, giving a balanced account of both economic and civic demands and limitations. This book is a must-read in redefining capitalism."
Georges Enderle, John T. Ryan, Jr. Professor of International Business Ethics, Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame
"This book is a must-read for all of us who believe we must change our operating economic paradigms, and a foreshadowing of the dire consequences for all of us if we don't. Marvin Brown offers us a new economic path - a theory of provisions morally trumping property - which if followed might just lead us to the true meaning of civilization."
W. Michael Hoffman, PhD., Executive Director, Center for Business Ethics, and Hieken Professor of Business and Professional Ethics, Bentley University
"In this profound and courageous book, Marvin Brown asks the question that moral philosophers and political economists have pondered since Socrates: What is a just society? In a spirit similar to E.F. Schumacher's 'economics as if people mattered,' he limns a bold, fresh, and scholarly vision of a new, 'civilized' economic order with a fairer distribution of income, wealth, and goods."
James O'Toole, Daniels Distinguished Professor of Business Ethics, University of Denver
"Marvin Brown offers a creative new perspective on the economy, much needed in the face of two global crises - climate change and the economic collapse of 2008 - that highlights the flaws of current economic thinking. This creative approach will stimulate, provoke, and, hopefully, move the conversation about what economy should look like in the future forward."
Sandra Waddock, Galligan Chair of Strategy, Boston College
When a handful of people thrive while whole industries implode and millions suffer, it is clear that something is wrong with our economy. This book presents a bold new way of thinking about the economy based on the making of provisions rather than the accumulation of property.
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This is one of the most important books I have read, explaining why we have the economic system we do, where it came from, and also why it does not work.
In reading this, I've done little to dispel fear that the current western economic system is a global ponzi scheme, and at some stage it will implode.
Marvin offers a workable, truthful and fair alternative - which I hope is heard and picked up. It has changed my thinking and choices.
If you are interested in social justice, the environment, relationships, clean-air, and sustainability - then read this.
Superb. A must read.