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The myth of progress : toward a sustainable future /

by Wessels, Tom.
Type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Hanover : University Press of New England, c2013Edition: Rev. and expanded ed.Description: xv, 155 p. ; 21 cm.ISBN: 9781611684162 (cloth); 1611684161 (cloth); ; .Other title: Toward a sustainable future.Subject(s): Ecology -- Economic aspects | Environmental economics | Sustainable development | Environmental policy -- United States | Environmental management -- United States | United States -- Economic conditions -- 21st century | United States -- Environmental conditions
Contents:
The myth of control : complex versus linear systems -- The myth of growth : limits and sustainability -- The myth of energy : the second law of thermodynamics -- The myth of the free market : the loss of diversity, democracy, and economic resiliency -- The myth of progress : a need for cultural change -- Epilogue : from consumption to connection.
Summary: "In this compelling and cogently argued book, Tom Wessels demonstrates how our current path toward progress, based on continual economic expansion and inefficient use of resources, runs absolutely contrary to three foundational scientific laws that govern all complex natural systems. It is a myth, he contends, that progress depends on a growing economy."--Dust jacket.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

The myth of control : complex versus linear systems -- The myth of growth : limits and sustainability -- The myth of energy : the second law of thermodynamics -- The myth of the free market : the loss of diversity, democracy, and economic resiliency -- The myth of progress : a need for cultural change -- Epilogue : from consumption to connection.

"In this compelling and cogently argued book, Tom Wessels demonstrates how our current path toward progress, based on continual economic expansion and inefficient use of resources, runs absolutely contrary to three foundational scientific laws that govern all complex natural systems. It is a myth, he contends, that progress depends on a growing economy."--Dust jacket.

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