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Threshold: The Crisis of Western Culture

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An urgent look at our world's looming crises and what we must do to avert them.

In Threshold, writer and Air America host Thom Hartmann looks at the deteriorating state of our planet, where the dynamics of environmental, economic, and population change are boiling over the limits within which society can function. In clear and impassioned prose, Hartmann busts the myths and ideologies of religious fundamentalism, capitalism run amok, male domination, and militarism that are draining our world of its natural and human resources and engendering the suffering of millions for the benefit of the few.

No mere jeremiad, Threshold examines cultures that have thrived, from the mother city of Caral, Peru, to modern Denmark, and targets five areas of policy — national, religious, economic, corporate, and environmental — for specific and immediate reform. Radical in its scope and boldness but simple in its commonsense logic, Threshold illustrates the mistakes we have made — as a culture, as a country, and as individuals — and provides the inspiration and motivation readers are looking for to build a better, more sustainable world for all. Part prophecy, part call to arms, part policy prescription, Threshold is, for readers of Jared Diamond, Thomas Friedman, and Paul Hawken, the wake-up call our society so badly needs.

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Writer and Air America host Hartmann looks at the deteriorating state of the planet, where the dynamics of environmental, economic, and population change are boiling over the limits within which society can function.

Synopsis:

From America's #1 progressive radio host, the idealogical heir to his influential The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight

More than three million listeners tune in every weekday to hear what Thom Hartmann has to say about the state of our world. Now, as the first decade of the twenty-first century closes amid economic collapse and the seeming ruin of the American Dream, America's #1 rated progressive radio host sounds an urgent call to arms for building a better, more sustainable world-while there's still time. Offering not just an indictment of the failures that have courted economic, demographic, and environmental ruin, Hartmann also outlines five critical personal and policy solutions to bring us back from the brink. Threshold-like Jared Diamond's Collapse-is radical but rooted in common sense, illuminating the necessary next steps in the evolution of mainstream thinking.

About the Author

Thom Hartmann is the author of nineteen books, many of which have been spotlighted by NPR, CNN, the BBC, The Wall Street Journal, and others. He has won the Project Censored Award four times and is currently a daily host on Air America Radio Network. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

Table of Contents

Threshold Preface

Introduction. Darfur

Part I. The Thresholds

Chapter 1. The Environment

Chapter 2. The Economy

Chapter 3. Population

Part II. The Four Mistakes

Chapter 4. Unnatural Selection

Chapter 5. Free Market Fools

Chapter 6. The XX Factor

Chapter 7. Gunboat Altruism

Part III. How Not to Fail

Chapter 8. Denmark: A Modern Beacon

Chapter 9. The Maori: Eating Themselves Alive

Chapter 10. Caral, Peru: A Thousand Years of Peace

Part IV. Crossing the Threshold

Chapter 11. The Band-Aids

Chapter 12. The Good Stuff

Acknowledgments

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780670020911
Subtitle:
The Crisis of Western Culture
Author:
Hartmann, Thom
Author:
Hartmann, Thom
Publisher:
Viking Adult
Subject:
Public Policy - General
Subject:
Civilization, western
Subject:
Social change
Subject:
World - General
Subject:
Financial crises
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Political Ideologies - Conservatism & Liberalism
Subject:
Public Policy
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20090723
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 b/w image
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.24x6.30x1.09 in. 1.07 lbs.
Age Level:
17-17

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"Synopsis" by , Writer and Air America host Hartmann looks at the deteriorating state of the planet, where the dynamics of environmental, economic, and population change are boiling over the limits within which society can function.
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From America's #1 progressive radio host, the idealogical heir to his influential The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight

More than three million listeners tune in every weekday to hear what Thom Hartmann has to say about the state of our world. Now, as the first decade of the twenty-first century closes amid economic collapse and the seeming ruin of the American Dream, America's #1 rated progressive radio host sounds an urgent call to arms for building a better, more sustainable world-while there's still time. Offering not just an indictment of the failures that have courted economic, demographic, and environmental ruin, Hartmann also outlines five critical personal and policy solutions to bring us back from the brink. Threshold-like Jared Diamond's Collapse-is radical but rooted in common sense, illuminating the necessary next steps in the evolution of mainstream thinking.

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