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America the possible : manifesto for a new economy

Author: James Gustave Speth
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2012.
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"In this third volume of his award-winning American Crisis series, James Gustave Speth makes his boldest and most ambitious contribution yet. He looks unsparingly at the sea of troubles in which the United States now finds itself, charts a course through the discouragement and despair commonly felt today, and envisions what he calls America the Possible, an attractive and plausible future that we can still realize.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
(DLC) 2012012170
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: James Gustave Speth
ISBN: 0300184689 9780300184686
OCLC Number: 811320550
Description: 1 online resource (xv, 249 pages)
Contents: 1. A nation in trouble: Society at the breaking point --
The weight of the world --
Running our of planet --
2. In the beauty of the morning: America the possible --
3. Transformations: A sustaining post-growth economy --
System changes --
4. Writhing free of an old skin: Realizing democracy --
The movement.
Responsibility: James Gustave Speth.

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