I was never any good at writing book reviews in school, but as someone who reads often, I come across books and articles that I feel are so important to share. So I’m going to try this out for a few months, Monday Morning Coffee with… whatever I feel compelled to share. For the first installment: Enough Is Enough: Building a Sustainable Economy in a World of Finite Resources by Rob Dietz & Dan O’Neill. A couple months ago I read this article on LearnVest interviewing Rob Dietz which inspired me to pick up his book.
It is a good read for anyone interested in the problems not just of our economy, but also things like inequality and education. You do not need a scholar’s understanding of the economy or how it works to understand the problems and the strategies for fixing them that Deitz and O’Neill present. Likewise, it is not going to bore someone who knows all about it.
Enough Is Enough depicts many issues, such as natural resource depletion, population stabilization, reducing inequality, and more, in a matter of fact light and then proposes long-term solutions with the goal of bettering not just one set of people, but really of all people. The biggest things that I took away from this book are that it is not just possible to reach an equilibrium between the impact we have on the earth and what we gain from it, but just how closely tied the economy is to things like education, population size, and equality. Most importantly, this book provides a base for creating a better human experience, not just a better economy.
This was my first taste of the theory of a steady state economy and I look forward to learning much more. If you’ve read the book, or once you read it leave me a comment! I’m curious to see what you think!
Some of the comments about the book off the cover… they do it much better justice than I do. 😛
“Enough Is Enough is an extremely important and timely work. Herman Daly and his many colleagues have masterfully articulated the importance of creating a new economy that can enhance rather than destroy our natural resources and, at the same time, improve our quality of life. Now, in Enough Is Enough, Rob Dietz and Dan O’Neill have laid out a pragmatic scenario that describes, in great detail, how we can all become involved in making that economy a reality in the communities and on the planet in which we live. This is a must read for all those interested in their own welfare and that of their children and grandchildren.”
–Frederick Kirschenmann, Professor of Philosophy, Iowa State University, and author of Cultivating an Ecological Conscience
“The notion that economic growth is the enemy and not our salvation still has about it more than a whiff of heresy. Not after this admirably lucid book, though. Dietz and O’Neill argue persuasively that adopting a governing axiom of ‘enough’ rather than ‘more’ will help make our politics more democratic, our economy more egalitarian, and our society more creative — and then they show how to bring it about. How bad is that?”
-Marq de Villiers, journalist and author of thirteen books, including Our Way Out