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The Politics of Money in a ‘Glocal’ Economy

The word is out that economics, never a science, has always been politics in disguise. I have explored how the economics profession grew to dominate public policy and trump so many other academic disciplines and values in our daily lives. Economics and economists view reality through the lens of money. Everything has its price, they believe, from rain forests to human labor to the air we breathe. Economic textbooks, Gross National Product (GNP) and the statistics on employment, productivity, investment, and globalization—all follow the money. Happily, all this focus on money is leading to the widespread awareness of ways money is designed, created and manipulated. This politics of money is at last unraveling centuries of mystification. Continue reading

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The Greening of Healthcare

Only 100 years ago, we thrived on the health benefits of whole foods and plant-based medicines, and tuned in daily to the seasonal cycles of nature as guideposts for our most important daily decisions. The greening of healthcare is in our hands as we make choices today to value this path of vitality and wellness, and to honor our role to restore and maintain our personal, environmental and planetary health. Continue reading

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E. F. Schumacher, He Taught Us To Build Bridges and Plant Trees

This post takes a look at economist, E. F. Schumacher through the eyes of Will Rapp, founder and Chairman of the Board of the Gardener’s Supply family of companies. E. F. Schumacher is best known for his critique of Western economies and his proposals for human-scale, decentralized and appropriate technologies. Continue reading

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