What Is "the Economy" for Anyway?

SUBHEAD: An economy isn’t – or shouldn’t be – about quantity of stuff, but about quality of life. Image above: Still from video "What is 'the Economy' for Anyway". By panel listed below on 21 September 2009 on YouTube - Annie Leonard, Documentarian, The Story of Stuff Colin Beavan, Author, No Impact Man David Batker, Executive Director, Earth Economics Chip Giller, Founder and President, Grist - Moderator While the economy hums away in an uncertain environment, some people question the basic purpose of the capitalist market: to provide iPhones to the masses, or to provide food to the needy? What is the role of the government as trust in the free market falters? "No impact man" Beavan opts out of the system completely, Leonard tells us the true "story of stuff," and Batker applies economic theory toward protecting the environment. Giller, Grists "beacon in the smog," will help us unpack these perspectives and navigate the global economy what its really for and who needs it. Video above: "What is the Economy For" on YouTube.com http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lwaqVvodvw Audio program available from Common Wealth Club: (https://www.commonwealthclub.org/archive/09/09-09economypanel-audio.html) "What Is the Economy for Anyway?" [09-21-09] Direct RealPlayer link below.
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