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Are the huge profits garnered by corporations each year a case of a few bad apples in the business world taking advantage of unmonitored dealings? Is this consolidation of wealth made at the expense of the overall economy and the wellbeing of the average citizen? Will the planet be saved by developing more "green businesses" and "green collar" jobs? Joel Magnuson delivers a powerful response to the current misconceptions about the US economy in his brilliantly accessible Mindful Economics. The troubles we face are not the result of a good system gone awry, but rather a system that is built to do exactly what it is doing: corporations are designed to reap profits for its shareholders, at any cost. The greater welfare of society, or of the environment, will never be as important as financial gain. Magnuson shows us the relationship between the current wars abroad; rising oil prices; the recession; ballooning incomes of top CEOs; the mortgage crisis; and the health care, insurance, and auto industries, and he teaches us that the best way to understand the US economy is to think like an economist. With stunning clarity, Magnuson shows the interconnectedness of the local with the global, and offers real alternatives to this capitalist model.
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JOEL MAGNUSON is an independent economist based in Portland, Oregon. He is a visiting fellow at the Ashcroft International Business School at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, England, serves as an international advisor to Anglia's Interconnections, and is on the faculty at the East West Sanctuary in Nagykovácsi, Hungary. He is the author of Mindful Economics: How the US Economy Works, Why It Matters, and How It Could Be Different and The Approaching Great Transformation: Toward a Livable Post Carbon Economy.Review:
"Mindful Economics is very much a classic of its kind. Among the canon of books concerning values-centered economics, the unrivaled and unprecedented power of Magnuson's book derives from the clarity, comprehensiveness, and accuracy of its vision... It would be hard to think of another book that would provide a better introduction to economics itself."–K.L. Roberts, Progressive Living
"This is a great guide for cooperatives, small businesses, and anyone dedicated to sound economic practices."–Turning Wheel
"A robust critique of the US economy that is particularly timely, given the present global financial crisis."–Choice Magazine
"Magnuson presents an intriguing perspective on the US economy by describing the American capitalist system and its key institutions and economic issues, covering the most important consequences of the system and, finally, offering alternatives...Highly recommended."–Library Journal
"A must read for spiritual progressives...Magnuson provides us the foundation to participate intelligently in debates about how best to rebuild an American and global economic system."–Tikkun
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