The Essentials of Economic Sustainability
The recent global financial crisis has raised widespread concern for the sustainability of the global economy. Much has been written concerning the negative impacts of economic development on natural ecosystems and civil societies. Unfortunately, few viable alternatives to the prevailing economic paradigms have been suggested for consideration. Those that have been are typically little more than suggestions for fine tuning capitalist or socialist economies.
In his new book The Essentials of Economic Sustainability, John Ikerd addresses the basic principles and concepts essential to economic sustainability. Some of these concepts are capitalist, some are socialistic, and others are general principles validated by philosophy or common sense. What results is a synthesis: something that is neither capitalist nor socialist but fundamentally different; it is sustainable. Instead of threats and apocalyptic pronouncements, Ikerd offers possibilities and assurance. Instead of epithets hurled at opponents, Ikerd offers possibilities for reconciliation and a renewed sense of the need to work cooperatively to find solutions to the most urgent problems of our era.
Posted: Apr 12, 2013 – 09:00 AM EST
Do economies need to grow? Can developing countries grow sustainably? John Ikerd explores these questions and more on Talkback.
Posted: Apr 05, 2013 – 09:40 AM EST
The essential upside of government regulation. John Ikerd explains on Talkback.
Posted: Mar 22, 2013 – 08:46 AM EST
Competition, efficiency, access & choice: markets don’t stack up. John Ikerd explains on Talkback.
Posted: Mar 11, 2013 – 08:44 AM EST
Energy, entropy, human capital and sustainability: John Ikerd explains the connection on Talkback.
Posted: Mar 04, 2013 – 08:22 AM EST
The 3Rs of economic resilience: John Ikerd explains on Talkback.
Posted: Feb 25, 2013 – 08:00 AM EST
What do scarcity, market price and sovereignty have to do with sustainability? John Ikerd has the answer on Talkback.
Posted: Feb 18, 2013 – 09:15 AM EST
From me to we: John Ikerd explains the social principles of economic sustainability on Talkback.
Posted: Feb 11, 2013 – 09:00 AM EST
We can’t ignore Mother Nature. John Ikerd explains the ecological principles of sustainability on Talkback.
Posted: Feb 04, 2013 – 09:55 AM EST
Getting the principles right on sustainability. John Ikerd continues his Talkback series on economic sustainability.
Posted: Jan 28, 2013 – 09:00 AM EST
It’s not the economy, it’s the ethics. John Ikerd explains on Talkback.