What's the Economy for, Anyway? (2010)

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Ecological economist Dave Batker questions whether GDP is an adequate measure of society's well-being and suggests workable alternatives. In this film produced by John de Graaf of AFFLUENZA fame, ecological economist Dave Batker presents a humorous, edgy, factual, timely and highly-visual monologue about the American economy today, challenging the ways we measure economic success--especially the Gross Domestic Product--and offering an answer to the question: What's the Economy for, Anyway? Using Gifford Pinchot's idea that the economy's purpose is "the greatest good for the greatest number over the longest run," Batker compares the performance of the U.S. economy with that of other industrial countries in terms of providing a high quality of life, fairness and ecological... read more
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