America the Possible: Manifesto for a New Economy…it could happen in Canada too!

America the Possible: Manifesto for a New Economy
By James Gustave Speth
Yale University Press, 2012
http://yalepress.yale.edu/yupbooks/speth.html
http://americathepossiblethebook.com

In this third volume of his award-winning American Crisis series, James Gustave Speth makes his boldest and most ambitious contribution yet. He looks unsparingly at the sea of troubles in which the United States now finds itself, charts a course through the discouragement and despair commonly felt today, and envisions what he calls America the Possible, an attractive and plausible future that we can still realize.

The book identifies a dozen features of the American political economy—the country’s basic operating system—where transformative change is essential. It spells out the specific changes that are needed to move toward a new political economy—one in which the true priority is to sustain people and planet. Supported by a compelling “theory of change” that explains how system change can come to America, the book also presents a vision of political, social, and economic life in a renewed America. Speth envisions a future that will be well worth fighting for. In short, this is a book about the American future and the strong possibility that we yet have it in ourselves to use our freedom and our democracy in powerful ways to create something fine, a reborn America, for our children and grandchildren.

“Speth’s profoundly humane sensibilities and common sense approach are sure to resonate with readers.”
—Juliet Schor, author of True Wealth: How and why millions of Americans are creating a time-rich, ecologically-light, small-scale, high-satisfaction economy

“This critically important work brings together in a selective, judicious and integrated way the best current thinking on the American political economic crisis and related policies.”
—Herman Daly, Professor Emeritus, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland; author of Beyond Growth

“Speth is a seasoned leader and passionate truth teller with impeccable establishment credentials. . . . A compelling case for economic transformation.”
—David Korten, YES! Magazine board chair and author of Agenda for a New Economy and The Great Turning

“Gus Speth’s wonderfully comprehensive account of the American condition is a devastating indictment. Yet he lifts us up with his audacious vision of what can be.”
—William Greider, author of Come Home, America: The Rise and Fall (and Redeeming Promise) of Our Country


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