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Spring 1996

Escaping the Jobless Productivity Trap

Hazel Henderson, perhaps America's most prominent alternative economic thinker, is author of Paradigms in Progess and The Entropy State. The following excerpt is adapted from her forthcoming book, Building a Win-Win World: Beyond Global Economic Warfare (1996, Berett-Koehler).

New York - Ever since the Industrial Revolution began some 300 years ago, its goal has been to produce more goods with fewer people. This goal is being achieved today on a world scale. And the advanced societies are further "improving" productivity, still measured according to the industrial paradigm as per capita output, through automating the job-intesive service sector with new information technologies.

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