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This is an important book [...] a clearly thought out and well written analysis of the extremely grave situation we are in...

- John Jopling

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The Occupy movement has captured imaginations and support around the world and I hope this book does the same — it is a timely analysis of the extent to which global economics has got its priorities wrong and, crucially, offers powerful and radical alternatives. “

– Caroline Lucas, British MP and leader of the UK Green Party

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By using the principle of fractional banking, the Gaian Development Bank can have an impact ten times its capital base.

Foreign Policy in Focus - Review

Occupy World Street;is an excellent primer for anyone wondering how the global economy got to where it is now. Jackson provides a pithy overview of the role of the Bretton Woods institutions, particularly over the past three decades, as well as the policy changes that allowed financial institutions to precipitate the sub-prime mortgage crash. Jackson offers something for everyone from the befuddled citizen and novice activist to the well-informed academic. Though the first half makes for a shocking and disheartening read, Jackson’s book does not wallow in guilt and despair.

Rather, Jackson deftly outlines how Lovelock’s Gaia hypothesis can be used to make the world a more equitable, environmentally responsible and financially stable place. Jackson proposes that the a Gaian Development Bank, Gaian Clearing Union, and Gaian Trade Organization must replace the World Bank, IMF, and WTO (among others). These new institutions would be based on a new Gaian worldview that incorporates the human with the natural world. Therefore, the institutions would run on a system of ecological economics that takes the limits of an ecosystem into account to better ensure economic and environmental sustainability. Other less lofty solutions Jackson proposes are increasing reliance on biomimicry, permaculture, and ecovillages. Occupy World Street, like the Occupy Movement, transcends class, culture, and educational background to inform if not inspire readers.

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