For the Common Good: Redirecting the Economy Toward Community, the Environment, and a Sustainable Future

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Beacon Press, 1994 - Business & Economics - 534 pages
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Winner of the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order 1992, Named New Options Best Political Book

Economist Herman Daly and theologian John Cobb, Jr., demonstrate how conventional economics and a growth-oriented industrial economy have led us to the brink of environmental disaster, and show the possibility of a different future.

Named as one of the Top 50 Sustainability Books by University of Cambridges Programme for Sustainability Leadership and Greenleaf Publishing.
  

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For the common good: redirecting the economy toward community, the environment, and a sustainable future

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This book is a profound critique of conventional economic theories and policies. Daly (economics, Louisiana State Univ.), an economist at the World Bank, and Cobb (theology and philosophy, Claremont ... Read full review

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Unfortunately, I had to put this one down. While I was very excited to read this book based on it's premise, the writing was just too academic for someone like myself with little understanding of economics. Read full review

Contents

The Fallacy of Misplaced Concreteness in Economics and Other Disciplines
25
Misplaced Concreteness The Market
44
Misplaced Concreteness Measuring Economic Success
62
Misplaced Concreteness Homo Economicus
85
Misplaced Concreteness Land
97
From Academic Discipline to Thought in Service of Community
121
From Chrematistics to Oikonomia
138
From Individualism to PersoninCommunity
159
Agriculture
268
Industry
283
Labor
298
Income Policies and Taxes
315
From World Domination to National Security
332
Possible Steps
361
The Religious Vision
382
Money Debt and Wealth
407

From Cosmopolitanism to Communities of Communities
176
From Matter and Rent to Energy and Biosphere
190
Free Trade versus Community
209
Population
236
Land Use
252
The Index of Sustainable Economic Welfare
443
References
508
Index
521
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Page 17 - None the less, just as it is wrong to withdraw from the individual and commit to the community at large what private enterprise and industry can accomplish, so too it is an injustice, a grave evil and a disturbance of right order for a larger and higher organization to arrogate to itself functions which can be performed efficiently by smaller and lower bodies.

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About the author (1994)

Herman Daly is professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Affairs. He worked for several years at the World Bank. He is co-author of the influential For the Common Good, among other books.

John B. Cobb Jr. is professor emeritus at the Claremont School of Theology and founding codirector of the Center for Process Studies. Among his many books are A Christian Natural Theology and (with Charles Birch) The Liberation of Life.

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