In today’s world, with its extreme gap between rich and poor, with military interventions to preserve this inequality, and the reckless destruction of nature, about 200,000 people die each day from misery--hunger and preventable or curable diseases. This book proposes to replace this killing economy with a living economy that focuses primarily on meeting the basic needs of those most in need, instead of concentrating on generating superprofits for the wealthiest people.
The book covers the five main schools of thought in economics: the blue school, ruled by market and capital; the red school, directed by state and plan; the green school, guided by local society, civil society and dialogue; the pink school, a compromise between blue, red and some green; and the yellow school, combining blue and red. It calls for eclecticism, selecting the best aspects of each system, and avoiding the problems associated with each. It concludes with a list of 121 concrete measures that can be taken to create a living economy.
Johan Galtung, born 1930 in Oslo, Norway, lives in Spain, France, Japan and the USA, mainly engaged in mediation and research. He has so far published more than 160 books and over 1600 articles on peace and related issues. 40 of his books have been translated into 33 languages, for a total of 134 book translations. He founded TRANSCEND: A Peace, Development and Environment Network in 1993 and is founding rector of Transcend Peace University. (see www.transcend.org and www.transcend.org/tpu).
Publications from TRANSCEND University Press:
No. 1 Johan Galtung, 50 Years: 100 Peace & Conflict Perspectives
No. 2 Johan Galtung and Paul D. Scott, Democracy - Peace - Development
No. 3 Johan Galtung, 50 Years: 25 Intellectual Landscapes Explored
No. 4 Johan Galtung and Graeme MacQueen, Globalizing God
No. 5 Johan Galtung, The Fall of the US Empire - And Then What?
No. 6 Jack Santa Barbara, Fred Dubee, Johan Galtung, Peace Business
No. 7 Johan Galtung, A Theory of Conflict
No. 8 Johan Galtung, A Theory of Development
No. 9 Johan Galtung, A Theory of Civilization
No. 10 Johan Galtung, A Theory of Peace
No. 11 Ramon Lopez-Reyes, Archetypes of War and Peace
No. 12 Joanna Santa Barbara, Johan Galtung, Diane Perlman, Reconciliation
No. 13 Johan Galtung, Deep Culture Deep Structure Deep Nature
No. 14 Johan Galtung, Peace Economics
No. 15 Abbas Aroua, The Quest for Peace in the Islamic Tradition
No. 16 Johan Galtung and Dietrich Fischer, Peace Mathematics