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Enough Is Enough: Building a Sustainable Economy in a World of Finite Resources

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We’ve outpaced our planet. It’s a truth we can no longer escape or ignore. Signs are everywhere. Of the 7 billion people who live on the earth, 2.7 billion struggle to live on less than $2 per day. Four hundred ocean zones are completely devoid of life, with one dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico estimated to be the size of New Jersey. We use eleven times as much energy as we did just fifty years ago. More of the same is clearly not sustainable.

But what can we do? In Enough Is Enough, Rob Dietz and Dan O’Neill urge us to shift our focus from the symptoms to the cause: the pursuit of never-ending economic growth. Since we live in a world of finite resources, we must change our economic goal from the madness of more to the wisdom of enough.

What sets this book apart is its focus on the solution: a prosperous and stable steady-state economy. Dietz and O’Neill describe the features of this economy and explain how to achieve it. They explore specific strategies to limit resource use, stabilize population, achieve a fair distribution of income and wealth, reform the financial system, reduce unemployment, and more — all with the aim of maximizing long-term well-being instead of short-term profits. They also provide advice for changing consumer behavior and shifting the political conversation away from the misguided pursuit of economic growth and toward the things that really matter to people.

Ultimately, this book offers more than just a survival strategy. By eliminating the waste and excess that have put the planet in peril, people can lead healthier and happier lives. Filled with fresh ideas and surprising optimism, Enough Is Enough is the primer for achieving genuine prosperity and a hopeful future for all.

Review:

"Humans seem to be intent on confirming the argument of biologist Ernst Mayr that higher intelligence may be a lethal mutation. But the grim prognosis is not inevitable. This lucid, informed, and highly constructive book shows that with the will to act, solutions can be found to build a steady-state economy geared to meeting human needs." Noam Chomsky

Synopsis:

Our planet is finite. And on this finite planet we now have seven billion people, with an estimated three billion more on the way by midcentury. The seven billion of us have to find ways to reverse the environmental crises we’ve set in motion, eradicate poverty, and erase the divide between the haves and the have-nots. The economic orthodoxy in use around the globe — the pursuit of never-ending economic growth — is not up to the challenge. With each passing day, we are witnessing more and more uneconomic growth — growth that costs more than it is worth. An economy that chases perpetually increasing production and consumption, always in search of more, stands no chance of achieving a lasting prosperity.

The purpose of this book is to describe how to establish a prosperous yet non-growing economy. The emphasis is far less on diagnosing the problem — there are already many books that do that — than on laying out practical solutions for achieving a steady-state economy and strategies for making them a reality. Now is the time to change the economic goal from the madness of more to the wisdom of enough. Enough Is Enough offers readers a much-needed escape route from the environmental and economic traps we’ve set for ourselves.

Synopsis:

Its time for a new kind of economy

Were overusing the earths finite resources, and yet excessive consumption is failing to improve our lives. In Enough Is Enough, Rob Dietz and Dan ONeill lay out a visionary but realistic alternative to the perpetual pursuit of economic growth—an economy where the goal is not more but enough.

They explore specific strategies to conserve natural resources, stabilize population, reduce inequality, fix the financial system, create jobs, and more—all with the aim of maximizing long-term well-being instead of short-term profits. Filled with fresh ideas and surprising optimism, Enough Is Enough is the primer for achieving genuine prosperity and a hopeful future for all.

“Humans seem to be intent on confirming the argument of biologist Ernst Mayr that higher intelligence may be a lethal mutation. But the grim prognosis is not inevitable. This lucid, informed, and highly constructive book shows that with the will to act, solutions can be found to build a steady-state economy geared to meeting human needs.”

—Noam Chomsky

“Rob Dietz and Dan ONeill bring clarity and style to their impassioned and meticulous analysis, offering the way to a better quality of life and a sustainable future for all.”

—Kate Pickett, Professor of Epidemiology, University of York; cofounder, The Equality Trust; and coauthor of The Spirit Level

“Dietz and ONeill create a remarkable vision—a world with enough prosperity and happiness for everyone, not just for a few. This book will restore your hope in the future and give you specific things you can do to help!”

—Thom Hartmann, internationally syndicated talk show host and author of twenty-four books

About the Author

Rob Dietz grew up in the suburbs of Atlanta during the 1970s and 80s, immersed in the culture of consumerism. By the time he finished college, he knew that he'd have trouble following the rules of this culture (buy, buy, buy, work, work, work). His career has consequently taken some unusual turns. He started out as an economist, trying (and failing) to use economic tools to solve environmental problems. He reinvented himself as a scientist and geographer, working for the U.S. government to support the conservation of wildlife and habitat. He then switched to activism, serving as the first director of CASSE, a nonprofit organization with an aim of advancing a sustainable economic agenda. During his meandering career, Rob has been compelled to write about big-picture topics at the interface of society and nature, such as how nations can align their economic practices with ecological realities. He is currently the editor of the Daly News, an online publication named in honor of the visionary economist Herman Daly. Rob is married, has one daughter, and lives at CoHo Ecovillage in Corvallis, Oregon, where he occasionally shuts down the computer and ventures into the great outdoors (despite the uncooperative weather).

Dan O'Neill is a lecturer in ecological economics at the University of Leeds, and the chief economist at the Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy. His research focuses on the changes that would be needed to achieve a successful nongrowing economy, and alternative ways of measuring progress besides GDP. Dan has worked in both the public and private sectors in areas such as regional planning and energy management. He holds a doctorate in ecological economics from the University of Leeds, and a master of environmental studies degree from Dalhousie University. He grew up on the West Coast of Canada, but currently lives in the North of England where he enjoys hiking in the Yorkshire Dales and singing songs about the misguided pursuit of economic growth.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Herman Daly

Preface

Part I: Questions of Enough

Chapter 1  Have You Had Enough?

Chapter 2  Why Should Enough Be the Goal?

Chapter 3  How Much Is Enough?

Chapter 4  What Sort of Economy Provides Enough?

Part II: Strategies of Enough

Chapter 5  Enough Throughput: Limiting Resource Use and Waste Production

Chapter 6  Enough People: Stabilizing Population

Chapter 7  Enough Inequality: Distributing Income and Wealth

Chapter 8  Enough Debt:  Reforming Monetary and Financial Systems

Chapter 9  Enough Miscalculation: Changing the Way We Measure Progress

Chapter 10  Enough Unemployment: Securing Meaningful Jobs

Chapter 11  Enough Business as Usual: Rethinking Commerce

Part III: Advancing the Economy of Enough

Chapter 12  Enough Materialism: Changing Consumer Behavior

Chapter 13  Enough Silence:  Engaging Politicians and the Media

Chapter 14  Enough Unilateralism: Changing National Goals and Improving

International Cooperation

Chapter 15  Enough Waiting: Taking Action to Start the Transition

Acknowledgments

About the Authors

Notes

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pseidel, February 12, 2013 (view all comments by pseidel)
Pursuing endless economic growth to provide badly needed jobs and “prosperity” in a finite space, our planet, is irrational and can only lead to disaster. Some clear simple thinking will show us this has to be true, however this point has not gotten across the vast majorities for people, our leaders, and the media. We are already well past the point of sustainability, yet business, governments, and conventional thinking call for more growth. In "Enough Is Enough” Rob Dietz and Dan O'Neill not only give us an overview of what is going on and where that is taking us, but suggest a way out.

There is a plethora of information out there in books and articles, if only people would read them, describing the problems we face, however causes are too often overlooked. This book examines the whole picture, what is happening, and what lies behind the obvious--our push for growth in every way, more people, more energy,, and more stuff. Recognizing the obvious fact that the world's most affluent will have to cut back, and that emerging nations will have to restrain their desires, Dietz and O'Neill referred to studies showing that when one has enough, one does not need more to lead a satisfactory life. In fact, as many of our greatest thinkers have shown us, we would do far better by finding satisfaction in spiritual and cultural pursuits. This is a wonderful book. Instead of heading for a crash, our world would become a better place if everyone would read it and take it seriously.
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Gerry Todd, January 18, 2013 (view all comments by Gerry Todd)
This book is witty and easy to understand - despite its hard analysis and ambitious action agenda. Being really smart without being intimidatingly smart is a real testament to its authors' skill at balance. It's also an important book, and reading it may be our best opportunity to vote for having otherwise-AWOL adult conversations about our economy and the future we are facing. So, BUY, READ, DISCUSS, ACT.

For those who like their hard realities tempered with optimism, these authors find that balance, also. While not wanting to tip that balance, I will offer two notes merely to suggest it is really important that we SEIZE the opportunity this book presents, NOW, because they have rounded in favor of optimism.

First, they and other steady-state economy (SSE) advocates cite important economic computer modeling for Canada's economy (graph, page 50) to show Canada (and by inference, the world) can successfully transition to a SSE without recession, depression, or economic collapse. This would indeed be good news.

Yet the modeling, as represented in the graph, does not reduce Canada's GHG emissions to an anywhere-near sustainable level; while at the same time Canada's economy benefits from the employment and tax revenue from its fossil fuel extraction, including tar sands. So, the proof that we can make a successful transition is just not there. On the other hand, the science and math seem quite clear: business as usual will certainly lead to economic collapse. So, our best prospects are to navigate this transition, and the more people who have read Enough Is Enough and can help with that hard work, the better the outcome.

Second, having worked on many of their action agenda items, I know that - under current circumstances - virtually each one is really ambitious. Collectively, they're staggeringly ambitious. But again, our great opportunity is for enough of us to read Enough Is Enough to create the critical mass to do what needs to be done, to make the transition possible.

And that starts with this book. BUY. READ. DISCUSS. ACT.
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Carrie5, January 10, 2013 (view all comments by Carrie5)
With this book the authors simply and clearly offer concrete steps to be taken to improve the lives of the average person. Enough is Enough speaks to people about jobs, healthcare, and happiness and in doing so dismantles the myth perpetuated in our society that equates the GDP with prosperity for all and debunks the myth that conserving the environment can only be done at the expense of people and their way of life. Enough is Enough explains why the very opposite is true. In making the idea of an alternative to growth economy understandable and accessible, the average person �" the citizen - gains power over the economic conversation. They will be able to cry foul when we are told that the banks are too big to fail and that the topic is too complicated. Enough is Enough connects the everyday welfare of people with environmental welfare in an inclusive way which will help to grow a movement.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781609948054
Subtitle:
Building a Sustainable Economy in a World of Finite Resources
Author:
Rob Dietz and Dan O'Neill
Foreword:
Daly, Herman
Author:
O'Neill, Dan
Author:
Dietz, Rob
Author:
Daly, Herman
Publisher:
Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Location:
Oakland
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
steady state economy
Subject:
growth based economy
Subject:
sustainable economy
Subject:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy/Economic Policy
Subject:
CourseSmart Subject Description
Subject:
enough is enough, economic growth, steady state economy, resources, steady state, economy, growth-based economy, solutions, economics, financial, crises, crisis, environmental, poverty, center for the advancement of steady-state economy, CASSE, rob dietz,
Subject:
enough is enough, economic growth, steady state economy, resources, steady state, economy, growth-based economy, solutions, economics, financial, crises, crisis, environmental, poverty, center for the advancement of steady-state economy, CASSE, rob dietz,
Subject:
enough is enough, economic growth, steady state economy, resources, steady state, economy, growth-based economy, solutions, economics, financial, crises, crisis, environmental, poverty, center for the advancement of steady-state economy, CASSE, rob dietz,
Subject:
enough is enough, economic growth, steady state economy, resources, steady state, economy, growth-based economy, solutions, economics, financial, crises, crisis, environmental, poverty, center for the advancement of steady-state economy, CASSE, rob dietz,
Subject:
enough is enough, economic growth, steady state economy, resources, steady state, economy, growth-based economy, solutions, economics, financial, crises, crisis, environmental, poverty, center for the advancement of steady-state economy, CASSE, rob dietz,
Subject:
enough is enough, economic growth, steady state economy, resources, steady state, economy, growth-based economy, solutions, economics, financial, crises, crisis, environmental, poverty, center for the advancement of steady-state economy, CASSE, rob dietz,
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20130107
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Review" by , "Humans seem to be intent on confirming the argument of biologist Ernst Mayr that higher intelligence may be a lethal mutation. But the grim prognosis is not inevitable. This lucid, informed, and highly constructive book shows that with the will to act, solutions can be found to build a steady-state economy geared to meeting human needs."
"Synopsis" by , Our planet is finite. And on this finite planet we now have seven billion people, with an estimated three billion more on the way by midcentury. The seven billion of us have to find ways to reverse the environmental crises we’ve set in motion, eradicate poverty, and erase the divide between the haves and the have-nots. The economic orthodoxy in use around the globe — the pursuit of never-ending economic growth — is not up to the challenge. With each passing day, we are witnessing more and more uneconomic growth — growth that costs more than it is worth. An economy that chases perpetually increasing production and consumption, always in search of more, stands no chance of achieving a lasting prosperity.

The purpose of this book is to describe how to establish a prosperous yet non-growing economy. The emphasis is far less on diagnosing the problem — there are already many books that do that — than on laying out practical solutions for achieving a steady-state economy and strategies for making them a reality. Now is the time to change the economic goal from the madness of more to the wisdom of enough. Enough Is Enough offers readers a much-needed escape route from the environmental and economic traps we’ve set for ourselves.

"Synopsis" by ,
Its time for a new kind of economy

Were overusing the earths finite resources, and yet excessive consumption is failing to improve our lives. In Enough Is Enough, Rob Dietz and Dan ONeill lay out a visionary but realistic alternative to the perpetual pursuit of economic growth—an economy where the goal is not more but enough.

They explore specific strategies to conserve natural resources, stabilize population, reduce inequality, fix the financial system, create jobs, and more—all with the aim of maximizing long-term well-being instead of short-term profits. Filled with fresh ideas and surprising optimism, Enough Is Enough is the primer for achieving genuine prosperity and a hopeful future for all.

“Humans seem to be intent on confirming the argument of biologist Ernst Mayr that higher intelligence may be a lethal mutation. But the grim prognosis is not inevitable. This lucid, informed, and highly constructive book shows that with the will to act, solutions can be found to build a steady-state economy geared to meeting human needs.”

—Noam Chomsky

“Rob Dietz and Dan ONeill bring clarity and style to their impassioned and meticulous analysis, offering the way to a better quality of life and a sustainable future for all.”

—Kate Pickett, Professor of Epidemiology, University of York; cofounder, The Equality Trust; and coauthor of The Spirit Level

“Dietz and ONeill create a remarkable vision—a world with enough prosperity and happiness for everyone, not just for a few. This book will restore your hope in the future and give you specific things you can do to help!”

—Thom Hartmann, internationally syndicated talk show host and author of twenty-four books

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