256 pages, 20 b/w illustrations
We're overusing the earth's finite resources, and yet excessive consumption is failing to improve our lives. In Enough is Enough, Rob Dietz and Dan O'Neill lay out a visionary but realistic alternative to the perpetual pursuit of economic growth-an economy where the goal is enough, not more. They explore specific strategies to conserve natural resources, stabilize population, reduce inequality, fix the financial system, create jobs, and more-all with the aim of maximizing long-term well-being instead of short-term profits. Filled with fresh ideas and surprising optimism, Enough is Enough is the primer for achieving genuine prosperity and a hopeful future for all.
"What scope is there for moving beyond today's increasingly desperate pursuit of conventional economic growth? For politicians to carve out some real space in that territory, they need to immerse themselves in the "beyond growth" debate, and there is no better way of doing that than familiarizing themselves with the ideas and insights in Enough is Enough."
– Jonathon Porritt, Founder and director of the Forum for the Future and author of Capitalism as if the World Matters
"In Enough Is Enough, Dietz and O'Neill have accomplished something special. They offer a hopeful and practical plan for righting the economic and environmental ship, and they do it in a very engaging way. I hope my colleagues in parliament are paying close attention to the ideas in this book – I know I am."
– Caroline Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion and former leader of the Green Party of England and Wales
"Rob Dietz and Dan O'Neill bring clarity and style to their impassioned and meticulous analysis – showing up the impossible logic of a continued desire for economic growth. Their vision of a steady-state economy, and their practical focus on how we achieve it, is a significant roadmap, offering the way to a better quality of life and sustainable future for all of us and the planet."
– Kate Pickett, Professor of Epidemiology, University of York, co-author of The Spirit Level, and co-founder of The Equality Trust
"This is the book we've all been waiting for, as we watch the growth economy collide catastrophically with the constraints of a finite Earth. It's a clear, informed, practical, honorable and witty guide to where we are, where we need to go, and how to get there. If you are one of so many of us who are bewildered or despairing about the fate of the future, this is the book that will give you an energized sense of purpose and reason-based hope."
– Kathleen Dean Moore, Professor of philosophy at Oregon State University, author of The Pine Island Paradox, and co-editor of Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril
"On a typical day, we can read that Arctic sea ice is melting far faster than predicted by alarmist computer models, with dramatic impact to come all too soon, and that governments are rushing to exploit newly accessible Arctic resources so as to accelerate the march to destruction. Humans seem to be intent on confirming the argument of biologist Ernst Mayr that higher intelligence may be a lethal mutation. But the grim prognosis is not inevitable. This lucid, informed, and highly constructive study not only outlines where we are heading, but also shows that with "the will to act," solutions can be found to construct a steady-state economy geared to human needs and to decent survival."
– Noam Chomsky
Part 1: Questions of Enough
1. Have You Had Enough?
2. Why Should Enough Be the Goal?
3. How Much is Enough?
4. What Sort of Economy Provides Enough?
Part 2: Strategies of Enough
5. Enough Throughout: Limiting Resource Use and Waste Production
6. Enough People: Stabilizing Population
7. Enough Inequality: Distributing Income and Wealth
8. Enough Debt: Reforming Monetary and Financial Systems
9. Enough Miscalculation: Changing the Way We Measure Progress
10. Enough Unemployment: Securing Meaningful Jobs
11. Enough Business as Usual: Rethinking Commerce
Part 3: Advancing the Economy of Enough
12. Enough Materialism: Changing Consumer Behavior
13. Enough Silence: Engaging Politicians and the Media
14. Enough Unilateralism: Changing National Goals and Improving International Cooperation
15. Enough Waiting: Taking Action to Start the Transition
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Rob Dietz is editor of the Daly News and the former executive director of CASSE (the Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy). Dan O'Neill is a lecturer in ecological economics at the University of Leeds, UK and the chief economist for CASSE.