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Sustainable Capitalism: A Matter of Common Sense Paperback – August, 2005
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"In this highly readable, accessible, and provocative book, economist John Ikerd sets out an ambitious goal: to challenge neoclassical economics and to suggest a new way of achieving a sustainable economic system...Ikerd is a highly qualified and articulate critic who is up to this task.. This book performs a real service by convincingly stating that sustainable capitalism need not just be a limiting future and that government's role in the economy should involve more than simply protecting private property rights."
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From the Publisher
Over the past half-century, capitalist economics has deviated from its original ethical and social purpose. Recently, capitalism has mutated into an amoral quest for economic growth at any cost. A relentless pursuit of profits and the "bottom line" poses a constant threat to civil society and the natural environment. The sustainability, indeed survival, of earth and the life upon it, is at risk under this brand of unfettered capitalism.
In order to maintain a new economics of sustainability, social and ethical values must be reintegrated into capitalist economics, thus restoring a sense of balance into the economic system that ensures that communities the world over will benefit and thrive. Sustainable Capitalism: A Matter of Common Sense suggests how capitalism can become a vehicle for these ends.
Both a penetrating critique of capitalism and an exploration of its vast and untapped potential for maximizing human welfare, Sustainable Capitalism: A Matter of Common Sense is written for a wide audience, including students and professors whose fields and interests embrace development, economics, ecology, sociology, and cultural anthropology. Those concerned with the future of our planet and the continued viability of global capitalism will regard this book as a vital addition to their libraries.
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Reading "Sustainable Capitalism" changed my thinking. I realized that not only could I understand the economic theories and systems Ikerd talks about, but I could also see why it was important to understand them, and that it is possible to change the current system. It's a very hopeful message!
Ikerd is very good at explaining the current economic system and what it could be. His common sense approach to creating a sustainable economic system makes it seem doable, even if it will involve a lot of effort. I feel like I have a framework to work from now. I'd like to see sustainable capitalism taught at all colleges and universities -- even high schools. I'm a convert -- I went from avoiding economics to actually being excited about what the future could hold.
He came to our small private college to lecture to our fledgling environmental group and we had a great time and learned much.
Again, I would highly recommend this work as well as his other book entitled "A Return To Common Sense" of which I am still in the middle of reading.
Don't pass this book up! It will enrich your life!