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Sun Jul 26 15:10:43 CEST 2015

GTN Friends:<br>
I write to launch our NOVEMBER DISCUSSION, which will consider Richard Norg=
aard=E2=80=99s new GTI essay, =E2=80=9CThe Church of Economism and Its Disc=
ontents.=E2=80=9D Please read it at <a href=3D"http://www.greattransition.o=
rg/publication/the-church-of-economism-and-its-discontents" rel=3D"noreferr=
er" target=3D"_blank">
nomism-and-its-discontents</a>, and consider commenting.<br>
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 ecolog=
ical economics, argues yes, yes, and maybe. In so doing, he guides us furth=
er into the terrain of alternative economics we=E2=80=99ve explored recentl=
y in our discussions of GTI pieces by Herman Daly, Giorgos Kallis, Peter Ba=
rnes, and John Bellamy Foster.<br>
I wonder, though:<br>
* Is economism still a monolithic ideology? Or are critical currents within=
 the economics mainstream increasingly questioning its reductionist framewo=
rk and false predictions?<br>
* 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 Anthrop=
ocene=E2=80=9D? How do these compare to GTI=E2=80=99s term, =E2=80=9CThe Pl=
anetary Phase of Civilization,=E2=80=9D which aims to convey the multi-dime=
nsionality of the globalizing social-ecological system?<br>
I=E2=80=99d appreciate hearing your thoughts on these and other issues rais=
ed by Norgaard=E2=80=99s stimulating essay.<br>
Comments are welcome through NOVEMBER 30.<br>
Looking forward,<br>
Paul Raskin<br>
GTI Director<br>
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