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Rethinking Our World

an invitation to rescue our future

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‘[A]ccording to German political economist Maja Göpel, the days of “business as usual” are over. There is a new reality caught in the phrase “overshoot day” — when the demand for ecological resources and services exceeds what the earth can give. We’re already there and, among other things, progress and capitalism as we’ve known them need to be reconfigured to create a fairer, less exploitative society. This sounds like a dire read, but it’s strangely upbeat and, using often telling examples, Göpel calmly makes her dramatic point.’

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Steven Carroll, The Sydney Morning Herald
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Detaljer

Forlag
Scribe Publications
Innbinding
Paperback
Språk
Engelsk
ISBN
9781911617426
Utgivelsesår
2023
Originaltittel
Unsere Welt Neu Denken: eine enladung
Format
21 x 14 cm

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‘[A]ccording to German political economist Maja Göpel, the days of “business as usual” are over. There is a new reality caught in the phrase “overshoot day” — when the demand for ecological resources and services exceeds what the earth can give. We’re already there and, among other things, progress and capitalism as we’ve known them need to be reconfigured to create a fairer, less exploitative society. This sounds like a dire read, but it’s strangely upbeat and, using often telling examples, Göpel calmly makes her dramatic point.’

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Steven Carroll, The Sydney Morning Herald

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‘[Rethinking Our World] is an easy read, challenges the standard economic models and has encouraging suggestions.’

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Paul Costigan, City News

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‘Göpel explains things well. She is lucid, succinct, and avoids strident polemic. And she enforces her argument with compelling narratives.’

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Jane Goodall, The Conversation

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‘At some point, the central ideas of the English thought leaders were taken out of context and elevated to “supposed universal laws of economics”, according to Göpel’s thesis. Göpel’s invitation is to see through the laws of this “illusory world” and to question them. Like a patient teacher, she tries to steer readers from chapter to chapter: with repetitions (“You remember …”) and interposed questions (“How does that sound to you?”) as well as catchy examples by means of which the problems of the neoliberal world quickly become obvious. A big plus in this context is the renunciation of the flood of numbers that is seemingly unavoidable in such books.’

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Robert Probst, Süddeutsche Zeitung

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‘Göpel rigorously analyses traditional theories of economic growth, privatisation, consumption, and the infallibility of ‘the market’ … she is skilfully bringing together ideas from psychology, economics, philosophy, science and history to create a highly readable interdisciplinary summary of the crisis at hand … Göpel reminds us that awareness is one of the first steps, and the knowledge and belief that business as usual is not an option can be a powerful place to start.’

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Kara Nicholson, Readings

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‘Her findings are precise, her book comes at the right time — a time when the consequences of climate change are just as unmistakable as the half-heartedness of politics. It is a forcefully presented plea for future-oriented thinking, “an invitation” that one wishes many would accept.’

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Ralph Gerstenberg, Deutschlandfunk Kultur

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‘A stirring blueprint for radical reforms to save the planet.’

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Andreas Bocher, <i>Emma</i> magazine

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‘The book of the hour.’

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ARD

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‘After so much fake information born of post-factual hoaxes, this level-headedly argued book by economist Maja Göpel for a reform of our economic system is an insanely soothing read … Maja Göpel’s pleasantly calmly written book helps to understand this new reality.’

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Denis Scheck, ARD broadcasting service

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‘Maja Göpel’s book is a successful attempt to pack human history from the evolution of Homo sapiens to Greta Thunberg, economic theory from Adam Smith to Thomas Piketty, environmental research and system criticism into a concise space in an entertaining read — and she does it well.’

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Jessica von Blazekovic, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

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