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Occupy World Street : A Global Roadmap for Radical Economic and Political Reform

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ISBN13:

9781603583886

ISBN10:
1603583882
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/31/2012
Publisher(s):
Chelsea Green Pub Co

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Summary

" Breakawayis both visionary and profoundly practical in facing and dismantling the destructive rules and practices of today's globalization." --Hazel Henderson, author of Ethical Markets: Growing the Green EconomyOverpopulation. Unsustainable growth. Species extinction. Inequality. Desertification. Water Shortages. Climate Change. Peak Oil.Civilization is in the midst of a global collapse. Worse, the dominant political and economic paradigm not only fails to address the major crises of our time, it perpetuates them.In Breakaway, Ross Jackson argues that it is not politically possible to address the global crises we face under the dominant Neoclassical economic system-a system that champions endless growth on a finite planet, wreaks havoc on developing nations with exploitative trade policies, and is destroying the planet in a mad race for natural resources. A systemic problem, Jackson argues, must be addressed at a systemic level.Nor is it realistic, however, to imagine a wholesale return to local, self-sufficient communities after the die of globalization has already been cast.Instead, the initiative for change must come from a small group of minor nations that are prepared to "break away" from the current system that revolves around the IMF, World Bank, UN, and WTO. These nations must then form a new set of international institutions-detailed in the book-that are designed to serve the global community in a decentralized, democratic, and just society consisting of diverse and self-reliant nations in control of their own economies and priorities.

Table of Contents

About the Authorp. viii
Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. xv
Planet Under Siege
The Assault on Naturep. 3
Energy Descentp. 17
The Collapse of Civilizationsp. 33
Drivers of Destruction
The Evolution of Economic Beliefsp. 49
The Neoliberal Projectp. 76
Financial Crisesp. 103
The Empire
The Kennan Doctrinep. 125
Who Is in Charge?p. 145
New Values, New Beliefs
The Emergent Worldviewp. 163
Learning from Naturep. 184
Gaian Economicsp. 193
Toward a Gaian World Order
Designing a Gaian Worldp. 205
The Gaian Trade Organizationp. 210
The Gaian Clearing Unionp. 224
The Gaian Development Bankp. 242
A Gaian Worldp. 259
Getting There
The Breakaway Strategyp. 275
Afterwordp. 297
Notesp. 298
Indexp. 307
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Excerpts

Amazing! Ross Jackson's proposal for post-collapse strategy is the first plausible, constructive scenario I have seen.--Dennis Meadows, co-author, The Limits to Growth


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