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Enough Is Enough by Dan O’Neill, Rob Dietz

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[ CHAPTER 4 ]WHAT SORT OF ECONOMY PROVIDES ENOUGH?

It is not enough simply to attack the progrowth orthodoxy; we must have an alternative vision.

HERMAN DALY1

Students in college economics courses occasionally express their frustrations, and when they do, it can be both loud and public. Each fall at the University of Pennsylvania, home of the Wharton School of Business, students enrolled in Economics 101 participate in a curious ritual that can fairly be described as loud and public. The night before the first midterm exam, students abandon the library early, even though you’d expect them to linger among the dusty rows of books for one last look at their production-possibility frontiers and supply-and-demand curves. It doesn’t take a reconnaissance ...

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