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Thomas Fisher

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780816698875

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816698875.001.0001

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An Opposable Economy

An Opposable Economy

(p.160) 16 An Opposable Economy
Designing Our Way to a Better World

Thomas Fisher

University of Minnesota Press

The chapter examines our built environment and how we spend huge amounts of money on diamond-like baubles of lavish materials and excessive space while wasting things essential to life, such as fresh water, clean air, and healthy ecologies. The chapter abductively evaluates the success and failures of contemporary movements toward sustainability and resilience, in the context of Adam Smith’s vision of doing good while also doing well.

Keywords:   Adam Smith, essential goods, sustainability and resilience movements, commodity fetishism

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