The New Economics of True Wealth
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Product Number: Z100028847
Released: May 13, 2010
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ISBN: #9781400197330
Narrator/s: Karen White
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
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In Plenitude, economist and bestselling author Juliet B. Schor offers a groundbreaking intellectual statement about the economics and sociology of ecological decline, suggesting a radical change in how we think about consumer goods, value, and ways to live. Humans are degrading the planet far faster than they are regenerating it. As we travel along this shutdown path, food, energy, transport, and consumer goods are becoming increasingly expensive. The economic downturn that has accompanied the ecological crisis has led to another type of scarcity: incomes, jobs, and credit are also in short supply. Our usual way back to growth-a debt-financed consumer boom-is no longer an option our households, or planet, can afford. Responding to our current moment, Plenitude puts sustainability at its core, but it is not a paradigm of sacrifice. Instead, it's an argument that through a major shift to new sources of wealth, green technologies, and different ways of living, individuals and the country as a whole can actually be better off and more economically secure. And, as Schor observes, Plenitude is already emerging. In pockets around the country and the world, people are busy creating lifestyles that offer a way out of the work-and-spend cycle. These pioneers' lives are scarce in conventional consumer goods and rich in the newly abundant resources of time, information, creativity, and community. Urban farmers, do-it-yourself renovators, Craigslist users-all are spreading their risk and establishing novel sources of income and outlets for procuring consumer goods. Taken together, these trends represent a movement away from the conventional market and offer a way toward an efficient, rewarding life in an era of high prices and traditional resource scarcity. Based on recent developments in economic theory, social analysis, and ecological design, as well as evidence from the cutting-edge people and places putting these ideas into practice, Plenitude is a road map for the next two decades. In encouraging us to value our gifts-nature, community, intelligence, and time-Schor offers the opportunity to participate in creating a world of wealth and well-being.

Author(s): Juliet B. Schor
Original Publish Date: May 13, 2010


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Author(s): Juliet B. Schor
Narrator(s): Karen White
Product Number DD18774
Released: May 13, 2010
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
ISBN: #9781400117338

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"Listeners who need big-picture reasons to scale down their consumption will love this analysis of why we should adopt a simpler lifestyle--fewer toys, more joys. Schor makes her case with accessible studies and a relentless eye for the subtle ways the typical Western lifestyle is degrading our ecosystem. The Industrial Age consumption that is growing across the planet is simply not sustainable. But by living more creatively, self-providing more of what we use, and cooperating more with neighbors, she says, we can enjoy a more fulfilling way of life for generations to come. Karen White inhales audibly but reads with consistent, unerring clarity. The important message in this book might also sound more motivating if the gravitas in her performance were leavened by a more optimistic tone. T.W. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"

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