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Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Author Hal Logan calls for a new measure of economic and environmental success in Beyond the Crash.
WHITE ROCK, British Columbia – Beyond the Crash: Building an Economical and Ecological Democracy by Hal Logan moves to address concerns facing the direction of the North American economic system, the solvency of its financial institutions, and the future of its society.
In Beyond the Crash, Logan describes how North America’s economic system, now slightly over two hundred years old, has changed over the centuries from a system that served small, local markets to one that now serves large, global markets. He aims to demonstrate how the evolving system works particularly well for a small segment of society and disastrously for the masses. Additionally, Logan examines how the stock markets, once the location for long-term investment, have become a place for large-scale speculation.
Over the years, Logan observed what he describes as the manipulation of America’s financial system to make huge profits for some while the general public suffered. In light of the recent financial crises brought on by what he feels is greed on Wall Street, Logan feels it is time to stop the financial industry from gambling away the resources of the country.
Believing that increasing profits and gross domestic product is a poor measurement of a country’s success, Logan suggests other measures that are more important to the health of a society. "As a result of energy shortages, explosive population growth, new technologies and changing weather patterns, a new world has emerged, and we must understand what this new world means for us. A world order must evolve to meet the varied requirements of our developing global society," he says.
Beyond the Crash! Building an Economical and Ecological Democracy is available for sale online at Amazon.com, BookSurge.com, and through additional wholesale and retail channels worldwide.
About the Author
Hal Logan is a retired lawyer and architect. Logan was also the author of There's More to Life Than the Bottom Line, which is currently out-of-print but formed the basis of Beyond the Crash: Building an Economical and Ecological Democracy. He currently lives in White Rock, a suburb of Vancouver.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
We have all suffered from the financial crash of 2009 the effects of which are still with us. What was it that our successful bankers couldn’t understand? A very simple truth, you can’t fool all the people all the time. When those issuing the strange securities that even they didn’t properly understand didn’t feel comfortable buying the very securities they were marketing to others, pretty soon the whole banking world realized they were dealing with crap. The new version of not fooling all the people all the time.
So how do we set up a system that the world will recognize is good for society today and will likewise benefit our children’s generation. Not easy perhaps, but anyone who thinks about it a bit will realize that our money system has to support a world that can still be successful for our grandchildren.
New report out from Club of Rome
New report Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency:
Growing within limits. A report to the Global Assembly 2009 of the Club of Rome
As input for the Assembly of the Club of Rome, the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency looked into two important challenges for sustainable development: 1) energy use and climate change and 2) land use and biodiversity loss. The report does also discuss the linkages between these issues – showing which synergies and trade-offs exists between them. In brief, the report concludes that current trends in fossil-fuel use and inefficient land use will lead to large global environmental problems with respect to climate change and biodiversity loss. Technical and economically feasible options are available to meet the challenge to avoid these problems. The main issue is that of creating institutional and policy conditions for a more sustainable economy.
The report can be downloaded from: