Author: Peter Brown and Geoffrey Garver
Publisher: Berett-Koehler Publishers
ISBN: 978-1576757628

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 Philosophical enquiry almost always starts with a definition of the field being inquired about, and Right Relationship – Building a Whole Earth Economy, by Peter G. Brown and Geoffrey Garver, is no different. Brown and Garver tell us that the field of economics is too narrowly defined to serve a useful purpose for the inhabitants of the spaceship Earth.  In fact, they set about to show that the marriage of economics with ecology is more sensible and is necessary if economics is to provide a guiding hand in the betterment for earth’s inhabitants. Note that these inhabitants are not just people, but animal and plant life as well.

Right Relationship starts out by questioning the basic assumption that the earth’s environment is a subset of the human economy, and that the earth belongs to humans. It concludes that this assumption is tragically at odds with reality and that in fact, human culture and its economic goals are instead just a subset of the earth’s environment and resources. We are not masters of the Universe as we like to think of ourselves.

The authors provide a sweeping view of how the marriage of economics and ecology necessarily change the way we view things. Without taking this more holistic view, our species is pushing fast towards a social calamity that threatens not only our way of life, but our entire existence. It offers ample evidence of how our abuses of the earth’s resources are relentlessly changing the environment in which we live, and that those changes threaten our survival. A new economic model is offered where population, affluence, technology, and ethics are both the driving and the limiting factors for this revised reality.

Right Relationship isn’t a Utopian book as much as a call to action – a desire to awaken the world populace in an effort to stave off impending doom. It offers several concrete ways to implement these changes and addresses the need to temper individualism, national sovereignty, and establish a world order. Clearly, for most people, these ideas are not popular. In fact, that probably is the most difficult part of the book to grasp – the idea of some form of Global Federation creating and enforcing behavior where all communal interests are accounted for. Implicit is the need for a huge redistribution of wealth and power; an idea not easily adoptable. They will necessarily be fought tooth and nail by those with power and money.

In summation, Brown and Garver have tackled a subject of pressing international interest and have done so with an honest appraisal of where they believe we currently are and what it will take to get from here to there. They offer some detail in what it would take to improve the plight of the world, but the scope of what they suggest implies enormous change. Those details are sure to find significant opposition by those whose power is threatened, and they are numerous. Regardless, Brown and Garver both expect and welcome the dialogue. This book is a refreshing read for a troubled world. 

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