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Re-solving the Economic Puzzle Paperback – April 1, 2011
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"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
"The author shows how the system he advocates would lead to more jobs, affordable housing for all, better schools and infrastructure, an end to urban sprawl, improved transportation and greater efficiency, as well as stopping tax evasion." —New Classics (March 2011)
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Interwoven with Rybeck's economic analysis are stories about his life. Some stories explain how he was drawn to appreciate nature, the environment and social justice. Some stories are about jurisdictions that have successfully implemented laws that are more productive and ethical in governing natural resources and land use issues, including infrastructure investments and containment of urban sprawl.
Some stories relate to Rybeck's career as a journalist covering the civil rights and environmental struggles of the 1950s, 60s and 70s. These stories might not be about land economics, but about the process of social change. Just as changing social attitudes and laws about race and gender are difficult, changing the way that we treat ownership of land and natural resources will be equally difficult and challenging. But, as Rybeck points out, parts of the world have successfully begun to transform themselves regarding racial segregation, gender discrimination, and environmental abuse. Therefore, Rybeck is hopeful that reform of our land and natural resource ethic is also possible.
If you are looking for answers to fundamental economic problems combined with a practical approach toward a better economic future, this book is for you. After reading this book, you might even conclude that there is such a thing as "ethical economics."
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."