Civilizing the Economy A New Economics of Provision

Ten Ways to Lose the Future

Posted Jan 27, 2011 by Marvin Brown in Uncategorized, 1 Comment
  1. To allow global financial markets to control global politics
  2. To ignore the limits of a consumer economy
  3. To continue to feed our military machine
  4. To assume that the Tea Party is half right
  5. To not talk about race
  6. To allow corporate control of electoral politics
  7. To ignore the potential of a civic democracy
  8. To pretend that we are better than everyone else
  9. To try to improve the old story instead of telling a new story
  10. To pretend that the economy is like a basketball game

One Response to “Ten Ways to Lose the Future”

  1. JD Moyer says:

    January 30, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Agreed. The competition analogy is completely inadequate for creating a vision for the future. I've discussed the same topic in my recent post The Four Types of Power. “>">

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Marvin T. Brown, Ph.D teaches business and organizational ethics at the University of San Francisco and Saybrook University in San Francisco.

This book is the culmination of 30 years of teaching and writing on business and society from a communicative perspective. Visit for more information.

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