Shoveling Fuel for a Runaway Train: Errant Economists, Shameful Spenders and a Plan to Stop Them All by Brian Czech (Paperback, 2002)
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- DescriptionAmericans have been conditioned to appreciate, cheer, and serve ecomic growth. Brian Czech argues that, while ecomic growth was a good thing for much of American history, somewhere along the way it turned bad, depleting resources, polluting the environment, and threatening posterity. Yet growth remains a top priority of the public and polity. In this revolutionary manifesto, Czech kcks ecomic growth off the pedestal of American ideology. Seeking thing less than a fundamental change in public opinion, Czech makes a bold plea for castigating society's biggest spenders and sets the stage for the 'steady state revolution'. Czech offers a sophisticated yet accessible critique of the principles of ecomic growth theory and the fallacious extension of these principles into the 'pop ecomics' of Julian Simon and others. He points with hope to the new discipline of ecological ecomics, which prescribes the steady state ecomy as a sustainable alternative to ecomic growth. Czech explores the psychological underpinnings of our consumer culture by synthesizing theories of Charles Darwin, Thorstein Veblen, and Abraham Maslow. Speaking to ordinary American citizens, he urges us to recognize conspicuous consumers for who they are - bad citizens who are liquidating our grandkids' future. Combining insights from ecomics, psychology, and ecology with a large dose of common sense, Czech drafts a blueprint for a more satisfying and sustainable society. His ideas reach deeply into our everyday lives as he asks us to re-examine our perspectives on everything from our shopping habits to romance. From his perspective as a wildlife ecologist, Czech draws revealing parallels between the ecomy of nature and the human ecomy. His style is lively, easy to read, humorous, and bound to be controversial. Czech will provoke all of us to ask when we will stop the runaway train of ecomic growth. His book answers the question, 'How do we do it?'.
- Author BiographyBrian Czech is a conservation biologist with the federal government and an adjunct professor at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He is coauthor of The Endangered Species Act: History, Conservation Biology, and Public Policy (2001).
- Author(s)Brian Czech
- PublisherUniversity of California Press
- Date of Publication01/08/2002
- SubjectEconomics: Professional & General
- Place of PublicationBerkerley
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of California Press
- Content Note2 line illustrations
- Weight40 g
- Width140 mm
- Height210 mm
- Spine16 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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