Author Hal Logan calls for a new measure of economic and environmental success in Beyond the Crash.
WHITE ROCK, British Columbia - Beyond the Crash: Building an Economical and Ecological Democracy by Hal Logan
moves to address concerns facing the direction of the North American economic system, the solvency of its financial institutions, and the future of its society.
In Beyond the Crash, Logan
describes how North America's economic system, now slightly over two hundred years old, has changed over the centuries from a system that served small, local markets to one that now serves large, global markets.
aims to demonstrate how the evolving system works particularly well for a small segment of society and disastrously for the masses.
examines how the stock markets, once the location for long-term investment, have become a place for large-scale speculation.
Over the years, Logan
observed what he
describes as the manipulation of America's financial system to make huge profits for some while the general public suffered.
In light of the recent financial crises brought on by what he
feels is greed on Wall Street, Logan feels it is time to stop the financial industry from gambling away the resources of the country.
Believing that increasing profits and gross domestic product is a poor measurement of a country's success, Logan
suggests other measures that are more important to the health of a society.
"As a result of energy shortages, explosive population growth, new technologies and changing weather patterns, a new world has emerged, and we must understand what this new world means for us.
A world order must evolve to meet the varied requirements of our developing global society," he
Hal Logan is a retired lawyer and architect.
was also the author of There's More to Life Than the Bottom Line, which is currently out-of-print but formed the basis of Beyond the Crash: Building an Economical and Ecological Democracy . He
currently lives in White Rock, a suburb of Vancouver.