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GTN Friends:

I write to launch our NOVEMBER DISCUSSION, which will consider Richard
Norgaard=E2=80=99s new GTI essay, =E2=80=9CThe Church of Economism and Its =
Please read it at
and consider commenting.

Is orthodox economics akin to a secular religion? Are we living in the
=E2=80=9CEconocene=E2=80=9D? Is there a way out? Norgaard, a founder of eco=
economics, argues yes, yes, and maybe. In so doing, he guides us further
into the terrain of alternative economics we=E2=80=99ve explored recently i=
n our
discussions of GTI pieces by Herman Daly, Giorgos Kallis, Peter Barnes, and
John Bellamy Foster.

I wonder, though:
* Is economism still a monolithic ideology? Or are critical currents within
the economics mainstream increasingly questioning its reductionist
framework and false predictions?
* As a framing for our contemporary condition, is =E2=80=9Cthe Econocene=E2=
=80=9D a useful
corrective to the geologic emphasis of =E2=80=9Cthe Anthropocene=E2=80=9D? =
How do these
compare to GTI=E2=80=99s term, =E2=80=9CThe Planetary Phase of Civilization=
,=E2=80=9D which aims to
convey the multi-dimensionality of the globalizing social-ecological system=

I=E2=80=99d appreciate hearing your thoughts on these and other issues rais=
ed by
Norgaard=E2=80=99s stimulating essay.

Comments are welcome through NOVEMBER 30.

Looking forward,

Paul Raskin
GTI Director

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