I just finished a book today called "Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future." It is a very new book, just out at the end of 2007, and it poses an interesting perspective on the comming years and what they hold.
The author who doesn't really quite fit into the liberal or conservative box, (though I think both sides of the coin will find the book appealing for different reasons.) posits the theory that for the first time since the industrial revolution people are faced with the choice of choosing between haveing "more" and having "better" two things which we usually associate as always going together. In a time when people like to throw around the phrase "sustainable future" this fellow likes to use the word "durable." I find this refreshing because to sustain something is just to maintain it as it is, but to build a culture that is not only "sustainable" but "enduring" brings to mind things the things in a culture that do endure, which ultimatley have stood the past of time and continue to do so. Exiting stuff.
Anyway this book puts a whole new face on the "dismal science" of economics and even people who run screaming and running at the mention of Global Warming and Peak Oil should find this an interesting read. Because at last it is a book about answers instead of problems. It is ultimatley a book about hope.
I can just see Pope Leo up in heaven nodding approvingly everytime this guy talks about local economies. Also for being written by a person who is as green as this fellow is there is thankfully very little talk of overpopulation. . . (thank goodness.)
In other news today was a very UNproductive day in which I missed a dentist apointment, managed to almost burn down my apartment, and we all five got stuck at CVS with the car battery dead. . . . though in the end all the troubles landed us at the Schnerre's for a wonderful visit and a very enjoyable and delicious dinner in the company of friends. I suppose today "more" and "better" certainly were very very seperate, indeed.