November 23, 2017

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Plenitude: The New Economics of True Wealth

Author: Juliet B. Schor (Author)

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In her new book, Plenitude, Economist Juliet Schor makes three predictions about our economy if we keep on with business as usual: 1) The economy will give us less income, cheap goods, and life satisfaction; 2) unemployment will stay high; and 3) the climate and ecological crises will mean that we can't just grow our way out of our economic problems.

So are the good times over? Do we have to hunker down in our cold little caves and try to protect the little that's left? Or do we just have to shift our frame? Put quality of life ahead of quantity of goods and join our neighbors in enjoying a new definition of abundance?

Schor has been writing about the downside of excess ever since her first books, The Overworked American and The Overspent American. In Plenitude she turns her attention to the other side of the coin: how to live well within our means, not just our financial means but also our emotional and ecological means. She says we have to shift out of our work-and-spend cycle: diversify our income, grow out our own food, barter with our neighbors and enter into a richer relationship with our families and our communities.

Review by CSRwire Contributing Writer and Talkback Managing Editor Francesca Rheannon. Hear an interview with author Juliet Schor and former software entrepreneur-turned-local-economy-developer Lyle Estilon on her weekly radio show, Writers Voice.

 

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