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Articles by Gus Speth

James Gustave Speth is an environmental lawyer, advocate, and author.

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The future economy will enjoy a strong rebirth of re-skilling, crafts, and self-provisioning, opening space for traditional jobs like blacksmithing.

The following is excerpted from the new book America the Possible: Manifesto for a New Economy.

Flavio~The future economy will enjoy a strong rebirth of re-skilling, crafts, and self-provisioning, opening space for traditional jobs like blacksmithing.

If we manage well, we can achieve a higher quality of life both individually and socially. Life in America the Possible will tend strongly in these directions:

Relocalization: Economic and social life will be rooted in the community and the region. More production will be local and regional, with shorter, less-complex supply chains, especially but not only in food supply. Enterprises will be more committed to the long-term well-being of employees and the viability of their communities and will be supported by local, complementary currencies and local financial institutions. People will live closer to work, walk more, and travel less. Energy production will be distributed and decentralized, and predominantly renewable. Socially, community bonds will be strong; connections to neighbors will be genuine and unpretentious; civic associations and community servic... Read more

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