This is the website for Jeremy Rifkin's book, The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism
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As always Rifkin is excellent at describing the latest trends and developments in our Western society, but also again seen through his rosa, 'optimism sells' glasses. Look what became of his 'European Dream'.
"The book argues that progress should be measured not by the traditional yardsticks of growth or per capita incomes but by the seven elements of the good life: health; security; respect; personality; harmony with nature; friendship; and leisure. "The overall picture is not encouraging for the advocates of growth at all cost. Despite the doubling of UK per capita income, we possess no more of the basic goods than we did in 1974; in certain respects, we possess less of them."
La crise du capitalisme éclate aujourd'hui au grand jour, mais qu'est-ce au juste que ce système économique ? A-t-il toujours existé ? Comment fonctionne-t-il ? En dix chapitres clairs et pédagogiques, Michel Husson propose un petit cours d'économie critique, résolument à contre-courant de l'idéologie dominante, destinéà mieux faire comprendre les rouages esssentiels, mais aussi les contradictions structurelles d'un système économique qui gouverne nos vies et les rend invivables.
"In the best tradition of anthropology, Graeber treats debt ceilings, subprime mortgages and credit default swaps as if they were the exotic practices of some self-destructive tribe. Written in a brash, engaging style, the book is also a philosophical inquiry into the nature of debt — where it came from and how it evolved. Graeber’s claim is that the past 400 years of Western history represent a grievous departure from how human societies have traditionally thought about our obligations to one another."
Thought-provoking and well-written book with answers for anyone seriously interested in solving the European debt crisis.
Milieu du XXIe siècle. À l’écart des grands continents minés par la violence et la pollution, la Norvège a trouvé la formule du bonheur : démocratie exemplaire, nature grandiose et pétrole de la mer du Nord. Le royaume a même conçu la bouteille où enfermer le démon qui le sert : un fonds éthique où sont placés les milliards de la manne sous-marine.
Sharing for Survival recognises that official climate policy is dominated by states in thrall to fossil fuel and financial lobbies. It offers a realistic radical way to rapidly reduce emissions through stabilising the economy and ensuring social justice. Its authors explore climate policy in a way that ensures social justice and equity matter, recognising that the UNFCCC process is going nowhere. They explore the impact of fossil fuel depletion on the climate crisis, and challenge the idea that the climate crisis can be resolved in a growth economy.
Wright, an author of fiction and non-fiction works, uses the fallen civilisations of Easter Island, Sumer, Rome, and Maya, as well as examples from the Stone Age, to see what conditions led to the downfall of society. He examines the meaning of progress and its implications for civilisations – past and present – arguing that the twentieth century was a time of runaway growth in human population, consumption, and technology that has now placed an unsustainable burden on all natural systems.
The End of Growth proposes a startling diagnosis: humanity has reached a fundamental turning point in our economic history. The expansionary trajectory of industrial civilization is colliding with non-negotiable natural limits.
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