Daily Archives: August 17, 2021

Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future – Part 2

The Film ArchivesAug 17, 2021
Johan Norberg (born 27 August 1973) is a Swedish author and historian of ideas, devoted to promoting economic globalization and what he describes as classical liberal positions. About the book: https://amzn.to/3fxeyUs

He is arguably most known as the author of In Defense of Global Capitalism (2001) and Progress: Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future (2016). Since 15 March 2007 he has been a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, and since January 2017 an executive editor at Free To Choose Media, where he regularly produces documentaries for US public television.

Johan Norberg was born in Stockholm, the son of former Swedish National Archivist Erik Norberg and his wife Birgitta. He grew up in the suburb of Hässelby in western Stockholm. In his youth, Norberg was active as a left-anarchist but later abandoned those views and became a classical liberal. According to the biography given at his personal website, Norberg was disillusioned with the anarchist view of liberty when he discovered the collectivist themes in the major anarchist works, and was unable to sympathize with the pre-industrial society which its anarcho-primitivism promoted. This realization made him embrace classical liberalism, which he felt “took freedom seriously.”[1] He studied at Stockholm University from 1992 to 1999 and earned a M.A. with a major in the history of ideas. His other subjects included philosophy, literature and political science. During his time at Stockholm University he was active in the libertarian network Frihetsfronten (“the Liberty Front”) and was the editor of its journal Nyliberalen (“The Neoliberal”/”The Libertarian”) from 1993 to 1997.

In 1997, Norberg was contacted by the Swedish liberal think tank Timbro, who invited him to write a book about the Swedish author Vilhelm Moberg. The book, Motståndsmannen Vilhelm Moberg, sold well and sparked much debate which allowed him to write another book, on the history of Swedish liberalism. This book, Den svenska liberalismens historia, also became a success and in 1999 Norberg joined the permanent staff of Timbro. From 1999 to 2002 he was assistant editor-in-chief of the webzine Smedjan.com. In 1999 he started the website Frihandel.nu to put forward the case for free trade and open economies.

Having participated in a number of debates against the Swedish anti-globalization movement, in May 2001 he released the book In Defense of Global Capitalism (Swedish: Till världskapitalismens försvar) where he assembles his arguments for globalization and free trade. In 2002 the book was selected for the Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Award by the Atlas Economic Research Foundation and in 2003 Norberg was awarded the gold medal of the German Hayek Stiftung (an award shared with former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and the German economist Otmar Issing). The British Channel 4 also invited him to present the documentary film Globalisation is Good (released in 2003), which is based on his book.

From 2002 to 2005, Norberg was head of political ideas at Timbro. From 2006 to 2007 he was a Senior Fellow with the Brussels-based think tank Centre for the New Europe.

Since 15 March 2007 he has been a Senior Fellow at the Washington, D.C.-based Cato Institute. He is also a member of the international Mont Pelerin Society. In January 2017 Norberg became Executive Editor of Free To Choose Media.

In September 2020 he published the book Open: The Story of Human Progress, described by The Economist as “clear, colourful and convincing”.

Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future – Part 1

The Film ArchivesAug 16, 2021
About the book: https://amzn.to/3fxeyUs

Progress: Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future is a 2016 book by Swedish writer Johan Norberg (a Senior Fellow of the libertarian Cato Institute), which promotes globalization, free trade and the notion of progress. In it, Norberg develops his ideas published previously in In Defense of Global Capitalism (2001).

The book is composed of ten chapters which discuss progress in various spheres of life, including “food, sanitation, life expectancy, poverty, violence, the environment, literacy, freedom, equality, the conditions of childhood”.[2] Norberg argues that today humanity has reached its highest ever (so far) levels of living standards.[2] The author notes that in all areas of our lives, people are, on average, healthier and wealthier than in the past.[2] For example, global literacy improved from about 20% to about 85% by the end of the century, and global average life expectancy has increased from 31 years in 1900 to 71 by the early 21st century.[2] People are more intelligent (the Flynn effect).[3] Access to modern sanitation tripled over the last thirty years.[3] Famine went from being a universal phenomenon to being an exception affecting only a small fraction of the world.[4] Global violence, whether homicide or war casualties, is in decline.[3] He also notes that most people tend be preoccupied with bad news, such as terrorism, which is however much less common than in the past (just reported much more widely thanks to modern media).[2][3]

The book’s spirit is summed up by the author, who writes in an article about the book, “we’re living in a golden age”.[5]

The book received positive reviews from The Economist, The Times and Kirkus Reviews.[2][3][4] Robbie Millen writing for The Times concludes that “Norberg has a strong case and he makes it with energy and charm”.[4] The Economist’s review ends with “This book is a blast of good sense”,[3] while the Kirkus Reviews piece about the book describes it as “brightly written, upbeat… refreshingly rosy assessment of how far many of us have come from the days when life was uniformly nasty, brutish, and short”.[2]

Bush and Rumsfeld meet at Texas ranch

AP ArchiveJul 21, 2015
(8 Aug 2003)

1. US President George W. Bush, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Vice President Dick Cheney and National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice walk out toward cameras

2. Cutaway – Bush and Rumsfeld

3. SOUNDBITE: George W. Bush, President – United States: “Turns out this is our 100th day since major military operations have ended, ended in Iraq. And, since then we’ve made good progress. Iraq is more secure. The economy of Iraq is beginning to improve. I was interested to note that banks are now opening up and the infrastructure is improving. In a lot of places the infrastructure is as good as it was at pre-war levels which is satisfactory, but it’s not the ultimate aim. The ultimate aim is for the infrastructure to be the best in the region. And the political process is moving toward democracy.”

4. Cutaway – Rumsfeld and Rice

5. SOUNDBITE: George W. Bush, President – United States: “You must keep the fence in the context of the larger issue, and the larger issue is: ‘Will the conditions be such that a state can emerge?’ It’s important for a Palestinian state to emerge in our judgement because the world will be more secure, Israel will be more peaceful, and more … or as importantly will have hope. But all parties must work against those who would make it very difficult to achieve the vision.”

6. Cutaway – Rumsfeld and Rice

7. SOUNDBITE: George W. Bush, President – United States: “I will never arm wrestle Arnold Schwarzenegger. No matter how hard I try I’ll never lift as much weight as he does. I think it’s interesting. I’m a follower of American politics. I find what’s going on in the state of California very interesting. I’m confident the citizens of California will sort all this out for the good of the citizenry.”

8. Cutaway – Cheney, Rice and General Meyers

9. Wide – Bush and Rumsfeld turn around and leave microphones


August 8th marks the 100th day since the end of major combat actions in Iraq.

President George W. Bush told reporters on Friday that the first 100 days of the reconstruction of Iraq have shown signs of success, and signs where a lot remains to be done.

The President had meetings Friday morning with Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and General Richard Myers, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Vice-President Dick Cheney arrived at the Crawford, Texas ranch Thursday night for the Friday morning meetings.

The president also noted progress is being made on talks with the Israeli government on the so-called security fence that is being constructed on the West Bank.

And, asked what the he thought about actor Arnold Schwarzenegger announcing he’s running for governor of California, Bush says he believes he’ll make a good governor

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Why George W. Bush’s Role In Afghanistan Is Being Overlooked

MSNBCAug 17, 2021
“Today, it’s easy to point fingers when it comes Afghanistan, and we are seeing a lot of that now,” says Mehdi Hasan. “But let’s not forgot that it all started with the guy who launched the so-called ‘War on Terror:’ George W. Bush.”

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Thousands evacuated in southern France as wildfire spreads • FRANCE 24 English

FRANCE 24 EnglishAug 17, 2021
French firefighters hampered by strong winds were battling to contain a wildfire in the hills behind the coastal town of Saint-Tropez on Tuesday as campsites packed with holidaymakers were evacuated.

Park Williams PhD: Fingerprints of a Megadrought

greenmanbucketAug 17, 2021
Park Williams PhD is a Professor of Geography at UCLA

Exxon Knew About the Climate Crisis

Robert Reich – Aug 9, 2021

Wouldn’t it be marvel-ous if Exxon didn’t lie to us about a looming climate catastrophe? The U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s grim report confirms what we already knew: the climate crisis is here, and our planet will become uninhabitable unless we act quickly and boldly to avert total climate catastrophe.

No More Fossil Fuels While the Planet Burns

Robert Reich – Aug 10, 2021

The climate crisis is a systemic problem. Averting the worst of it will require systemic solutions. We need climate-resilient infrastructure. We need a Green New Deal. We need Joe Biden to halt construction of the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline, and all other fossil fuel projects. We cannot go on like this.

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Angels by the River: A Memoir: James Gustave Speth

Reflections on race, environment, politics, and living on the front lines of change

In Angels by the River, James Gustave “Gus” Speth recounts his unlikely path from a southern boyhood through his years as one of the nation’s most influential mainstream environmentalists and eventually to the system-changing activism that shapes his current work. Born and raised in an idyllic but racially divided town that later became the scene of South Carolina’s horrific Orangeburg Massacre, Speth explores how the civil rights movement and the South’s agrarian roots shaped his later work in the heyday of the environmental movement, when he founded two landmark environmental groups, fought for the nation’s toughest environmental laws, spearheaded programs in the United Nations, advised the White House, and moved into a leading academic role as dean of Yale’s prestigious School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Yet, in the end, he arrived somewhere quite unexpected–still believing change is possible, but not within the current political and economic system. Throughout this compelling memoir, Speth intertwines three stories–his own, his hometown’s, and his country’s–focusing mainly on his early years and the lessons he drew from them, and his later years, in which he comes full circle in applying those lessons. In the process he invites others to join him politically at or near the place at which he has arrived, wherever they may have started.


“I have been fortunate to know this remarkable man, and now readers can, too. I urge you to accompany Gus Speth through his early life in the segregated South, the liberal North, the heady days of the environmental movement and his disenchantment with inside-the-system fixes. You will find the journey engrossing, eye opening, inspiring, and deeply moving.”–Juliet Schor, co-founder of the Center for a New American Dream and author of True Wealth

Kirkus Reviews-

“Speth―the former dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council and World Resources Institute―tells of his nearly idyllic boyhood in segregated Orangeburg, South Carolina, in the 1940s and 1950s, of his awakening to the evils of racism in the 1960s―he was away at Yale Law School during the infamous Orangeburg Massacre of 1968―and of his growing awareness of the power of social movements. He chronicles how he poured his youthful energy into environmental advocacy because he believed that he ‘had largely missed one great American struggle, civil rights, and…did not want to miss another.’ The author writes modestly of his distinguished career, explaining the jobs he held and the ones he didn’t get, offers generous praise to those who taught him and helped him along the way, and gives a nod to the role played by sheer good luck. Beyond the biographical data, though, Speth is using his memoir to send a message developed in his earlier books: Red Sky at Morning, The Bridge at the Edge of the World and America the Possible. The author pulls no punches in charging that the environmental movement, working within the system, is facing failure, and he asserts that lack of leadership on the issue of climate change ‘is probably the greatest dereliction of civic responsibility in the history of the Republic.’ In Speth’s view, the only option left is to change our political economy from one that gives top priority to profit, production and power to one that values people, place and planet. Both a personal account of a long career dedicated to the environment and a fervent plea for major reform.”

“Angels by the River does what the best memoirs hope to do―launch the reader into a larger collective story. Gus Speth, a native son of the Deep South, has spent his life in the service of justice. He has not only been part of America’s social and environmental history, but his leadership has helped shape it. This book is a testament to spirited engagement, showing us how ‘the gift of having a cause beyond ourselves’ can translate to personal and political transformation. Angels by the River is an antidote against despair and a prayer for action.”–Terry Tempest Williams, author of The Open Space of Democracy

“This book is a true gem. While guiding us through the remarkable currents of his life, Gus Speth thrills us with the breadth of his thinking and the depths of his insights. His voice is absolutely essential when it comes to the environment. And he is never less than compelling as he makes the case for transformational change on any number of other important issues, from our obsession with economic growth to US policy in the Middle East.”–Bob Herbert, distinguished senior fellow at Demos and former Op-Ed columnist for the New York Times

Angels by the River is a personal look at the forces that shaped one of America’s great environmental leaders and climate activists. Gus doesn’t shy away from the dangers of climate change, but he maintains an enduring faith that people can and will make the difference. This book will engage, enlighten, and spur readers to action―just as Gus has inspired so many of us with his commitment and drive.”–Frances Beinecke, president, Natural Resources Defense Council

“Speth’s story is a moving, well-told tale of transcendence: from a segregated southern town, to the forefront of the environmental struggle, to a new understanding of the deep changes we need to put our nation on a just and livable path. A critical book for change agents, young and old.”–Van Jones, author, Rebuild The Dream and The Green Collar Economy

“A longtime friend and ally, Gus Speth is a tireless advocate for the environment. His accumulated stories and knowledge, the kind that could only come from decades of experience at the highest levels, provide a unique and insightful look into our history, and the way forward from here.”–Al Gore, former vice president of the United States

“You will not soon read a better or more instructive memoir–a profoundly wise reflection on a life dedicated to solving the largest challenges of our time written by an insider who grew into a radical in the best sense of the word.”–David W. Orr, counselor to the president of Oberlin College, and Steven Minter Fellow, the Cleveland Foundation

“Gus Speth is the great environmentalist of our age, and this book chronicles not just his life’s journey, but his mind’s. It will make you think anew about many things, including where change comes from!”–Bill McKibben, author of Wandering Home and founder of 350.org

“Gus Speth offers the gift of his own struggle to confront the systemic challenge we face as an example to anyone, young or old, seeking to find a new and possible way forward. His deeply thoughtful book is marvelous, hopeful, and above all life-affirming.”–Gar Alperovitz, cofounder of The Democracy Collaborative and author of What Then Must We Do?

About the Author

James Gustave “Gus” Speth is the former dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, founder and president of the World Resources Institute, and cofounder of the Natural Resources Defense Council. He has also been administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, chair of the U.N. Development Group, professor of law at Georgetown University, and chair of the U.S. Council on Environmental Quality in the Carter administration. He currently teaches at Vermont Law School, and is a senior fellow at the Democracy Collaborative where he is co-chair of the Next System Project. He is also distinguished senior fellow with Demos, associate fellow with the Tellus Insitute, and the recipient of numerous environmental awards. His previous books include America the Possible: Manifesto for a New Economy, and the award-winning The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability and Red Sky at Morning: America and the Crisis of the Global Environment.

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Chelsea Green Publishing; Illustrated edition (October 31, 2014)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 224 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1603585850
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1603585859
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 14.4 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 0.75 x 9 inches

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The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability: James Gustave Speth

“My point of departure in this book is the momentous environmental challenge we face. But today’s environmental reality is linked powerfully with other realities, including growing social inequality and neglect and the erosion of democratic governance and popular control. . . . As citizens we must now mobilize our spiritual and political resources for transformative change on all three fronts.”—Gus Speth

How serious are the threats to our environment? Here is one measure of the problem: if we continue to do exactly what we are doing, with no growth in the human population or the world economy, the world in the latter part of this century will be unfit to live in. Of course human activities are not holding at current levels—they are accelerating, dramatically—and so, too, is the pace of climate disruption, biotic impoverishment, and toxification. In this book Gus Speth, author of Red Sky at Morning and a widely respected environmentalist, begins with the observation that the environmental community has grown in strength and sophistication, but the environment has continued to decline, to the point that we are now at the edge of catastrophe.

Speth contends that this situation is a severe indictment of the economic and political system we call modern capitalism. Our vital task is now to change the operating instructions for today’s destructive world economy before it is too late. The book is about how to do that.


“Contemporary capitalism and a habitable planet cannot coexist. That is the core message of The Bridge at the Edge of the World, by Gus Speth, a prominent environmentalist who, in this book, has turned sharply critical of the U.S. environmental movement. . . . This book is an extremely probing and thoughtful diagnosis of the root causes of planetary distress.”―Ross Gelbspan, Washington Post Book World

“With candor, cadence and clarity, Speth presents a compelling case for prompt action, making this book a must-read on the subject. Protecting the environment needs not just an overhaul of institutions, but of values and mindsets, he says. . . . He argues that we must now choose between two paths: one leading to destruction, the other to a bridge that would help us cross to safety. Like an evangelist, Speth draws not just on facts, but anecdotes, quotes, even poetry to make his point.”―Le-Min Lim, Chicago Tribune

“Speth laments the tortuously slow pace of environmental activism in the face of the near-calamitous decline of species, soils, forests and oceans, and the dangerous advance of global warming. . . . But the challenges are too grave to wait for a new president. Speth’s book makes it abundantly clear: Start ourselves, while (hopefully) there’s still time.”—Neal Peirce, Washington Post Writers Group

“Contemporary capitalism and a habitable planet cannot coexist. . . . This book is an extremely probing and thoughtful diagnosis of the root causes of planetary distress.”—Ross Gelbspan, Washington Post Book World

“With candor, cadence and clarity, Speth presents a compelling case for prompt action, making this book a must-read. . . . Like an evangelist, Speth draws not just on facts, but anecdotes, quotes, even poetry to make his point.”―Le-Min Lim, Chicago Tribune

“With candor, cadence and clarity, Speth presents a compelling case for prompt action, making this book a must-read on the subject.”—Bloomberg News

The Bridge at the Edge of the World may be the most concise analysis of the current state of the natural world and what might be done about it.”—Brooke Williams, Planet News

“Acclaimed environmentalist Speth asserts that our capitalist economy, with its emphasis on continuous robust growth, is at loggerheads with the environment. He minces no words as he writes that to destroy life as we know it, all we have to do is ‘keep doing exactly what we are doing today.'”—Booklist

“In his severe indictment of our stewardship of the planet, Speth says all we need to do to destroy the Earth is to continue what we’re doing now: overproduce and overconsume. He presents a scary compendium of all the damage we have inflicted. . . . But he’s smart enough to know that if the market economy is a big part of the problem, it has to be a big part of the solution. . . . The book is a wide-ranging synthesis of many ideas in the realms of economics, politics, and ecology, and calls for some profound changes in the way the economy and political institutions are governed.”—Peter Hadekel, Montreal Gazette

The Bridge at the End of the World lays out a harsh future and strong prescriptions for changing the way we do business, conduct politics and treat the environment. . . . Speth believes that the world economy’s obsession with growth and consumerism will lead to disaster. . . . What is needed, Speth argues, is a radical change in the economic system that takes into account the environmental costs of doing business and refocuses society on building more sustainable ways of living.”—David Funkhouser, Hartford Courant

“Speth lays out the scientific consensus about climate change and ecological stress with authority. Global warming, he notes, has a terrible momentum. . . . [This book] is an excellent quick survey of global climate and ecological management at present. . . . [Speth’s] aim is to improve the quality of life, foster social solidarity, and restore our connectedness to nature by making corporations accountable to society at large.”―Brian Thomas, New Leader

“James Gustave Speth, wrote the book The Bridge at the Edge of the World because he’s worried about our future and he’s right. We should all be very worried. . . . This book, both for it’s brilliant articulation of the worlds’ current system and, as Speth calls it, the ‘crisis of capitalism,’ is an important addition to your bookshelf. And it’s sufficiently easy to read and accessible that it’s a great gift for just about anybody!”―Thom Hartmann, buzzflash.com

“Speth pulls no punches. He offers a sharp, sometimes lacerating critique of the movement he helped establish, saying it has become swamped under ‘environmental impact statements’ and ‘total maximum daily load’ regulations. . . . His solution is to forge a new ‘environmental political movement,’ in which initiatives in human rights, social justice, politics, and the environment all work toward the same goal: a healthy planet that can fulfill the needs of all humanity. . . . [Speth says] ‘the environmental community needs to become a political reform group.’ It’s a call we’re hearing with increasing frequency, but this time it comes from a uniquely authoritative voice.”—Molly Webster, onearth Magazine (NRDC)

“Speth has emerged as a devastating critic of capitalism’s destruction of the environment. In this radical rethinking, he has chosen to confront the full perils brought on by the present economic system, with its pursuit of growth and accumulation at any cost. . . . The crucial problem from an environmental perspective, he believes, is exponential economic growth.”―John J. Simon, Monthly Review

“When Gus Speth gets radical, it’s time to start digging bunkers. . . . He’s been a major player in the modern environmental movement—and he says that movement is failing. In his new book . . . Speth argues that the progress of the green movement has been no match for the far larger tide of ecological destruction that now threatens to submerge humanity entirely. It’s time to question the political economy that dominates the developed world, time to ask whether it’s providing benefits commensurate with the massive environmental deterioration it generates. It’s time to question capitalism.”—David Roberts, Gristmill

“Speth’s well-reasoned call for a new environmental movement, for a new movement in which environmental issues are central, is a welcome and much-needed contribution, particularly for the climate and environmental movements. . . . Speth writes approvingly of a government-regulated market economy, one in which environmental impacts and the ‘polluter pays’ principle would be paramount, essentially a form of environmental social democracy. . . . And we are fortunate that ‘ultimate insider’ Gus Speth will continue to help lead us as we build towards the Environmental Revolution which must occur.”—Ted Glick, Gristmill

“Speth is at his best analyzing the nature and the complexity of the problem, and displaying the debates among various academic disciplines and in multiple circles: scholars, policy analysts, activists, opinion leaders, and policy makers. His prodigious knowledge of these debates and his ability to render them in a crisp, clear prose, densely sprinkled with great quotes from great minds, make the book a fine read and a valuable resource. It should be standard reading for students who care about sustainability, regardless of their area of study and future career plans.”―Philip J. Vergragt & Halina S. Brown, Sustainability: Science, Practice & Policy

“An important contribution to the growing body of visionary literature dealing with the challenges of sustainability. In addition to his own thought-provoking observations, Speth’s extensive references offer an excellent introduction to many other authors who address our daunting global environmental problems, capitalism’s role in exacerbating them, and the core sufficiency principles that many observers believe will be required to deal with them. The book provides a smorgasbord for future readings by those who want to dig deeper into the issues of sustainability.”―Edward Sanders, Sustainability: Science, Practice & Policy

The Bridge at the Edge of the World was an epiphany for me. . . . It is an optimistic view of the future. . . . One of the book’s most compelling features is that it serves as a guide to key literature; hundreds of citations are included for those of us inclined to explore further the issues raised. . . . I see it as a guide for moving toward cultural, social, and environmental equity that could in turn lead to balanced sustainability in the planet’s future. . . . Read this book! I am making sure all my graduate students read my copy.”―John D. Peine, Sustainability: Science, Practice & Policy

“Speth understands that America’s addiction to growth must be challenged, and that we need to learn to recognize what is ‘enough.’ In recognizing that what environmentalism needs most is the forging of a new consciousness, Speth’s book becomes a powerful support to our Network of Spiritual Progressives—indispensable reading!”—Tikkun“What is needed, Speth argues, is a radical change in the economic system that takes into account the environmental costs of doing business and refocuses society on building more sustainable ways of living.”—David Funkhouser, Hartford Courant

The Bridge at the End of the World was an epiphany for me. . . . I see it as a guide for moving toward cultural, social, and environmental equity that could in turn lead to balanced sustainability in the planet’s future.”―John D. Peine, Sustainability: Science, Practice & Policy

“A great book that everyone concerned with the fate of the world must read. . . . The book is deeply thoughtful, thoroughly researched, and a pleasure to read.”―Seventh Generation

“If America can be said to have a distinguished elder statesman of environmental policy, Speth is it. . . . He is after bigger game—the Wal-Martization of America, our slavish devotion to an ever-expanding gross domestic product, the utter failure of what [he] disparagingly calls ‘modern capitalism’ to create a sustainable world. What is needed, Speth believes, is not simply a tax on greenhouse gas emissions, but ‘a new operating system’ for the modern world.”—Orion

“Are these solutions hopelessly idealistic and impossible to achieve? Speth’s passionate argument is convincing—it can be done, but it will require a great deal of effort.”—The Futurist

Selected as a Top 5 Environment Book in New England by the Boston Globe

Selected as one of the best books of 2008 by the Washington Post in the Nature & The Environment category

Finalist for the 2009 Orion Book Award, given by The Orion Society

“Speth is a maestro―conducting a mighty chorus of voices from a dozen disciplines all of which are calling for transformative change before it is too late. The result is the most compelling plea we have for changing our lives and our politics. And it is a compelling case indeed.”―Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

“Honest, insightful, and courageous. Dean Speth draws on his formidable experience and wisdom to ask why we are failing to preserve a habitable Earth. His conclusions are cogent, revolutionary, and essential.”―David W. Orr, Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics, Oberlin College. Author of Design on the Edge and Earth in Mind

“When a figure as eminent and mainstream as Gus Speth issues a warning this strong and profound, the world should take real notice. This is an eloquent, accurate, and no-holds-barred brief for change large enough to matter.”—Bill McKibben, author, Deep Economy and The Bill McKibben Reader

“An extremely important book both for what it says and for who is saying it. The steady transformation of a solid, pragmatic, progressive negotiator into a ‘radical and unrealistic’ oracle concerned with the fundamental nature of modern economies is an important event.”―Richard Norgaard, University of California, Berkeley

“One can scarcely choose a more important or timely subject than this one. Speth writes about it with passion and conviction, and a touch of humor.”―J. R. McNeill, Georgetown University

About the Author

James Gustave Speth, a distinguished leader and founder of environmental institutions over the past four decades, is dean of the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University. He was awarded Japan’s Blue Planet Prize for “a lifetime of creative and visionary leadership in the search for science-based solutions to global environmental problems.” He lives in New Haven, CT.

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Yale University Press; Illustrated edition (March 10, 2009)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 320 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0300151152
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0300151152
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 11.6 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.4 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches

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