James Gustave Speth

James Gustave Speth is a professor at Vermont Law School and a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Demos, a nonpartisan public policy research and advocacy organization. His most recent book is, America the Possible: Manifesto for a New Economy. A former dean of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, he also co-founded the Natural Resources Defense Council, was founder and president of the World Resources Institute, and served as administrator of the United Nations Development Programme. His previous books include: The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability and Red Sky at Morning: America and the Crisis of the Global Environment.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 11:35am
Growth Fetish: Five Reasons Why Prioritizing Growth Is Bad Policy
Not much in our society is more faithfully followed than economic growth. Its movements are constantly monitored, measured to the decimal place, deplored or praised, diagnosed as weak or judged healthy and vigorous. Newspapers, magazines, and cable channels report regularly on it. It is examined at all levels -- global, national, and corporate.
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Friday, March 29, 2013 - 7:28am
Labor and Environmental Leaders Move Beyond Differences to a Common Vision
During our many decades of work in the labor and environmental movements, there have been many battles that led to tensions between our communities. The Keystone Pipeline is only the most recent example.
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Sunday, September 30, 2012 - 9:25am
Manifesto for a Post-Growth Economy
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Monday, September 10, 2012 - 7:01am
America the Possible: Breaking the Chains of Consumerism
The following is an excerpt from the recently published America the Possible: Manifesto for a New Economy (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2012) .
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Sunday, June 17, 2012 - 11:45am
For Rio+20: A Charter for a New Economy
The overarching goal at the upcoming Rio+20 summit must be achieving sustainable prosperity for all. Within this broad objective, the subject is bracketed, if you will, by two of the greatest challenges faced by the international community: the greatest social challenge, world poverty, and the...
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Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 9:23am
America the Possible: A Manifesto, Part I
[This is an excerpt from America the Possible: A Manifesto, Part I in the March/April 2012 issue of Orion magazine.]
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Monday, September 12, 2011 - 10:24am
Beyond Growth: Creating a Unified Progressive Politics
The U.S. political economy is failing across a broad front – environmental, social, economical, and political. Deep, systemic change is needed to transition to a new economy, one where the acknowledged priority is to sustain human and natural communities. Policies are available to effect this transformation and to temper economic growth and consumerism while simultaneously improving social well-being and quality of life, but a new politics involving a coalescence of progressive communities is needed to realize these policies.
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Thursday, July 7, 2011 - 1:01pm
Toward a Post-Growth Society
Today, the reigning policy orientation holds that the path to greater well-being is to grow and expand the economy. Productivity, profits, the stock market, and consumption: all must go continually up. This growth imperative trumps all else.
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Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - 11:28am
Off the Pedestal: Creating a New Vision of Economic Growth
Is anything in America more faithfully followed than economic growth? Its movements are constantly watched, measured to the decimal place, deplored or praised, diagnosed as weak or judged healthy and vigorous. Newspapers, magazines, and cable channels report endlessly on it. Promoting growth may be the most widely shared and robust cause in the United States today.
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