That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back

This is Friedman’s lament about how the United States lost its leadership and what we should do to gain it back. He explains how we unraveled public/private partnerships on the 5 pillars of society:

  • Public education
  • Infrastructure
  • Immigration
  • Government supported research and development
  • Regulations on private economic activity

He lays out four challenges:

The Great Reset: How New Ways of Living and Working Drive Post-Crash Prosperity

This book provides a nice history of Western-style capitalism up to the current crash: bubbles, suburban development, technology. He compares this economic crisis to other societal resets like the Industrial Revolution and the Great Depression. Then he provides some insights about where we go from here. Florida is mostly focused on socio-economic issues and is particularly blind to environmental issues.

Macroeconomics in Context

If you’re looking for a textbook on economics that integrates sustainability issues, this is a good choice. It exposes some of the weaknesses in classical economics while covering all the basics. It’s interesting to learn some of the oddities of some of the metrics.

Thriving Beyond Sustainability

coverEdwards, Andrés (2010) Thriving Beyond Sustainability: Pathways to a resilient society. Gabriola Island, BC: New Society Publishers.