Economic Insanity: How Growth-driven Capitalism is Devouring the American Dream

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Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 1995 - Business & Economics - 192 pages
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In Economic Insanity, Terry questions, and suggests we abandon, four fundamental pillars of capitalism: endless economic growth, ever-increasing productivity, accelerating technological advances, and self-interest. He shows how these basic assumptions that drive our version of the free-market system are causing a host of interrelated and deeply entrenched problems. He explores critical social dilemmas that result from our current economic assumptions, including the loss of personal freedom and democracy, the perpetual and unavoidable increase in inequality, and the disuniting of America. If we are to turn our nation from this path of folly, Terry argues, we must first abandon the faulty assumptions that drive our thinking. Incorporating ideas from Adam Smith and Thomas Paine to Paul Johnson and Herman Daly, Economic Insanity challenges readers to stop looking for answers within the system and look instead to changing the system.
 

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Contents

Powerless Over Our Future
1
Questioning the System
11
Feeding the Bastard Child
15
Consumerism A Perfect Circle Thats Empty in the Middle
31
Not Everything That Grows Is Good
43
When Speed Looks Like Growth
63
Of Course the Rich Are Getting Richer
83
A Nation of Wage Earners
97
Replacing the System
117
A Nation of Owners
121
Competition Restrained By a Higher Good
141
The Developing Economy
159
Designing Our Destiny
175
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