Can the economy and the environment survive and prosper in harmony?
“Yes,” says Professor James Eggert in his new book, “Greenspan’s Anguish (Thoreau as an Economic Prophet and Other Essays).”
“Ecology and economics have the same prefix, eco-, from the Greek oikos, which literally means ‘home’. Thus, the original definition of economics involved careful management of household resources, while ecology forces us to try to understand and appreciate the interrelationships within nature’s “home”. I believe that these two households are becoming more interdependent and their future is increasingly closely linked. When we cannot calculate ecological values or see connections, we pave the way for unintended and unwanted losses, “writes Professor Eggert in his essay,” Meadowlark Economics. “
“Greenspan’s Anguish” contains 19 essays that explore the relationship between the economy and the environment, sustainability, and our relationship with the universe.
In addition to “Meadowlark Economics”, which examines the value of the lark, as a symbol of what has gone wrong in our economy and as a symbol of what is essential to our existence, the book includes “Thoreau as an Economic Prophet”, “Finches Darwin’s and Ford Mustangs, “” Then the sun came up, “” Craftsmanship and salvation “and” The age of repairs to come. “
“The author is an economist, but not one dedicated to the predominant theology of his profession. Economists work mainly with the dedication of beavers towards the great goal of More … now comes James Eggert, one of a small school of economists you’ve started thinking outside of the box … there are delightful discussions about larks, the nature of capitalism, the ‘economist’ Henry David Thoreau, craftsmanship and high jumping, the topsoil and the art of mending and many other things that constitute a full and joyful life. ” (From the foreword by Bill McKibben).
“The author is an excellent economics professor whose vision transcends his chosen discipline. This book will touch even those readers far removed from gloomy science.” (Alfred L. Malabre Jr. – former economics editor of “The Wall Street Journal”).
James Eggert is a writer and faculty emeritus at the University of Wisconsin – Stout, where he taught undergraduate students for 33 years. He is also the author of “What is Economics (Fourth Edition)”, “Invitation to the Economy”, “Low Cost Terrestrial Shelters”, “The Wonder of the Tao” and “Meadowlark Economics”.
“Greenspan’s Anguish” (copyright 2013; Green Dragon Books) is available at most local bookstores or online bookstores, including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million, Powell’s Books, Green Dragon Books.