- Paperback: 534 pages
- Publisher: Beacon Press; 2nd,Updated edition (April 1, 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0807047058
- ISBN-13: 978-0807047057
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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For The Common Good: Redirecting the Economy toward Community, the Environment, and a Sustainable Future 2nd,Updated Edition
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From Publishers Weekly
Industrial nations that favor economic growth over ecological consciousness led Cobb and Daly to devise these counteractive plans. PW called this ``a detailed, far-reaching blueprint for a highly decentralized economy. . . . The authors' important, radical critique of contemporary economic thinking in the book's dry first half leads to specific proposals in the second.''
Copyright 1991 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Named one of the 100 "visionaries who could change your life" by the Utne Reader, Herman E. Daly is the recipient of many awards, including the University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award, the Heineken Prize for Environmental Science, and the "Alternative Nobel Prize," the Right Livelihood Award. He is professor at the University of Maryland's School of Public Affairs, and coauthor with John Cobb, Jr., of For the Common Good.
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Interestingly, some ideas mentioned are from antiquity and some others from Frederick Soddy, a Nobel winner but NOT in economics. Therefore economists usually do not even hear about him (I have a PhD in the field and read about him only here).
Of course Herman Daly presents us with results of his own thinking, and it is both unexpected and useful.
The authors sometimes come across as a little naive in this book. For example, they propose making the government the employer of last resort. I think they do not realize just how hard it is to make such programs work; they inevitably decline into a morass of dependency and corruption. The Washington DC municipal government has taken precisely this approach in the past few decades, with predictable results.
I think the authors would also do well to do some research on the failures of utopian communities; since I was raised a Mormon, I know a lot about some of these. The chapter on religion strikes me as a bit silly. They want to bring God into the building of a more humane society; this is not necessarily bad, but I tend to think that science will take us farther than God will. In my opinion, Christianity's idea that the Second Coming of Christ is not far off is a very serious barrier to giving humanity's long-term future the attention it deserves. Talking about ethics, the authors say "But to believe that God does exist makes the ethical life more authentic." Well, that's only true if God really does exist, which I doubt.
Overall, the book has some excellent points to make. If you're interested in economics and public policy, don't miss it.
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Neatly organized in parallel chapters dealing, one point-of-view at a time, with some of the...Read more