By James Gustave Speth
In this 3rd quantity of his award-winning American obstacle sequence, James Gustave Speth makes his boldest and such a lot bold contribution but. He appears to be like unsparingly on the sea of issues during which the U.S. now unearths itself, charts a direction in the course of the discouragement and melancholy ordinarily felt this day, and envisions what he calls the USA the potential, an enticing and believable destiny that we will nonetheless realize.
The booklet identifies a dozen positive factors of the yank political economy—the country's simple working system—where transformative swap is key. It spells out the explicit adjustments which are had to flow towards a brand new political economy—one within which the real precedence is to maintain humans and planet. Supported by means of a compelling "theory of switch" that explains how process switch can come to the USA, the e-book additionally offers a imaginative and prescient of political, social, and monetary lifestyles in a renewed the United States. Speth envisions a destiny that would be worth struggling with for. briefly, it is a publication concerning the American destiny and the powerful threat that we but have it in ourselves to take advantage of our freedom and our democracy in strong how you can create whatever high quality, a reborn the United States, for our youngsters and grandchildren.
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American business wields great political and economic power and has routinely used that power to restrain ameliorative governmental action. S. 10 Then, there is what our society has become. Dominant American values today are strongly materialistic, anthropocentric, and contempocentric. Consumerism and materialism place high priority on meeting human needs through ever-increasing purchase of goods and services. We say “the best things in life are free,” but not many of us act that way. ”11 The anthropocentric view that nature belongs to us rather than we to nature eases the exploitation of the natural world.
BILL MOYERS The United States, as we all know, is a fabulously wealthy country, with the world’s biggest economy and a GDP per capita near the top. Unfortunately, these numbers, like the plantation mansions of the antebellum South, can disguise grave social injustice. If it is true that a society should be judged by how it treats its less fortunate members, then the judgment on today’s America should be harsh indeed. Poverty Amid Plenty Poverty is the destroyer of lives, a condition where dreams are stillborn and hope imprisoned.
Second, the profit motive powerfully affects corporate behavior. Profits can be increased by keeping wages low and real social, environmental, and economic costs externalized, borne by society at large and not by the firm. Today’s corporations have been called “externalizing machines” because they are so committed to keeping much of the real costs of their activities off their books. 8 Profits can also be increased through subsidies, tax breaks, regulatory loopholes, and other gifts from government.
America the Possible: Manifesto for a New Economy by James Gustave Speth