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The book is a how-to, “get serious about survival” guide, laying out a “global governance structure” and providing us with several strategies to try to get there.

- Publishers Weekly Review

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Praise for the book

"The Occupy World Street initiative has the potential to unite hundreds of NGOs and millions of ordinary citizens in the streets behind a single simple proposal that could change the current dysfunctional game."

- Hazel Henderson, author of Ethical Markets: Growing the Green Economy

Quotes from the Book

The greatest challenge facing us today is to plant the seed—to get the Gaian League off the ground so that it actually exists, can be seen, experienced, tested, criticized, and built upon.

Review by Publishers Weekly

Ross Jackson, chairman of the Danish-based foundation Gaia Trust and co-editor of Gaian Economics: Living Well Within Planetary Limits, provides a comprehensive and lucidly written history of neoliberal economics and its effects, tracing the inequalities inherent in neoliberal economic planning. Neoliberalism, as Jackson illustrates, isn’t an inevitable historical development, but rather an “artificial construct” created by people with a self-serving strategy that neglects the rest of humanity.

Jackson presents the fundamental flaws in modern economics, locates the turning point in regulation and economic behavior, and then shows how and why things have devolved to their current state through the actions of the IMF and WTO. He traces a new, emergent worldview, proposing a solution in the form of a Gaian economic system, in which smaller, decentralized, diverse communities with a degree of local democracy form the proposed utopia, in contrast to the branded neoliberal free market of corporate dreams.

A return to a simpler, more satisfying, and sustainable lifestyle is both necessary and inevitable, Jackson argues. The book is a how-to, “get serious about survival” guide, laying out a “global governance structure” and providing us with several strategies to try to get there. Hopefully, Jackson’s ideas won’t fall on dead ears. (Mar.)

> Read review of Occupy World Street at Publishers Weekly

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